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Fresno County Addresses Psychiatry Shortage With New Training Program

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Kerry Klein
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Valley Public Radio
Dr. Shawn Hersevoort is the Director of UCSF Fresno's Integrated Mental Health department and an Associate Director of the Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship.

A study published last week by UC San Francisco argues the San Joaquin Valley has some of the lowest ratios of behavioral health providers like psychiatrists and licensed clinical social workers in the state. The study also predicts that if nothing changes, California is on its way to a statewide behavioral health worker shortage. One of the authors’ recommendations, however, is a medical training program that began three years ago at the University of California and just recently gained funding from Fresno County.

Listen to the audio for an interview with Dr. Shawn Hersevoort, a psychiatrist at UCSF Fresno and an associate director of the program, called the Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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