The California Workforce Initiative (CWI), a new program working to

improve the quality of California’s health care workforce, has asked Carl

E. Trinca, an executive at Western University of Health Sciences

(WesternU), to serve on the CWI’s Advisory Committee.

Funded by the California HealthCare Foundation and The California

Endowment, the CWI links research, education, policy reform and community

needs as it targets supply and distribution, diversity, skill base and

regulation of the state’s health care professionals. The CWI is based at

the University of California at San Francisco’s Center for the Health

Professions.

“”Serving as a member of the CWI’s Advisory Committee to the is indeed an

honor,”” Dr. Trinca said. “”I hope to bring the perspective of both

osteopathic medicine and pharmacy to the Committee.””

The CWI intends to address the supply and distribution of health care

professionals, ethnic diversity in the health care industry, the need for

re-training and government regulation of health care workers. The CWI also

hopes to educate the state’s citizens about health care workforce issues,

an effort that should help people make better-informed health care

decisions.

Dr. Trinca received his bachelor and master degrees in pharmacy and a

doctor of philosophy in higher education/academic administration from the

University of Arizona.

He came to WesternU in 1995 after a 12-year career as executive vice

president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Prior to

his tenure at AACP, he held various administrative positions at the

College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona, including head of the

department of pharmacy practice and assistant dean/associate professor of

pharmacy practice.

He was a director of professional relations and head of marketing for

health maintenance organizations for Pharmaceutical Card System, Inc., of

Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Trinca also is chairman of one of the boards of the Federation

Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP), a world-wide pharmacy group which

works with the World Health Organization to raise the quality of pharmacy

practice, science and education throughout the world.