Gov. Gavin Newsom has launched a major new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit healthcare professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. Healthcare professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps.

Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit for more information and to register for the California Health Corps. Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up and meet this moment to help California respond to the outbreak.

After issuing the order, feedback was incredible, with more than 25,000 healthcare-licensed persons filling out applications.

“I’m inspired,” Newsom said during his March 31 news conference. “I’ve never been more dammed inspired in my life.”

Newsom hopes that California not only meet this moment in the pandemic domestically in our state, but eventually has enough Healthcorps members to lend out to other parts of the nation.

“They’re ready to step up,“ Newsom said. “They’re ready to come out of retirement to put their lives on the line.“

The Governor also signed an executive order that will temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds the state needs to treat COVID-19 patients.

“California’s health care workers are the heroes of this moment, serving on the front lines in the fight against this disease,” said Governor Newsom. “To treat the rising number of patients with COVID-19, our state needs more workers in the healthcare field to join the fight. If you have a background in health care, we need your help. Sign up at”

To be eligible for COVID-19 emergency medical staffing roles, you must

•Be 18 years of age or over

•Be eligible to work in the U.S.

•Have a valid driver’s license or passport and a social security card

•Have a valid California License for clinical practice, if you are a Md., DO., etc.)

•OR are a medical resident or nursing student

•Have no negative licensure/certification actions (for licensed/certified professionals)

“Outreach to unemployed health care workers and under-employed foreign medical graduates will help build the workforce needed to fight the pandemic – and also create new opportunities and jobs for Californians struggling with unemployment,” said California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su.

“California must continue to prepare our health care delivery system and make sure it has every resource to respond to a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. California’s most valuable resource is its people and I join the Governor in calling on all medical professionals to join the fight against COVID-19,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.

Newsom has directed more than $42 million in emergency funding to expand California’s healthcare infrastructure and secure equipment and services to support California’s response to COVID-19

Of this amount, $30 million will allow the state to lease Seton Medical Center in Daly City and St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angles for a three-month period.

St. Vincent Medical Center closed in January, but is being made ready to begin providing care for up to 366 COVID-19 patients as soon as possible.

More ways for Californians to support their communities and request assistance are outlined on the California Volunteers website For more information on the state’s response to COVID-19, visit