Scopes of Practice for Health Care Professionals: New Directions and Innovations

Catherine Dower

Catherine Dower

Center for the Health Professions

Health Policy and Law Director

University of California, San Francisco

Professional Bio

Catherine Dower is the Health Policy and Law Director at the UCSF Center for the Health Professions where for close to 20 years she has led health professions’ research and policy efforts. At the Center, she directs the national Innovative Workforce Models in Health Care project and co-directs the Health Workforce Tracking Collaborative, which assesses health care workforce challenges such as maldistribution, shortages and scopes of practice. She has also directed studies on midwifery in the US, emerging professions, health care personnel in the military, allied health professions and new practice models in primary care and medical specialties. Catherine co-directed the Pew Health Professions Commission’s national Taskforce on Health Care Workforce Regulation and was a principal author of its reports on health professions regulation. Catherine served on the Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine; and on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and is licensed to practice law in the State of California.