Pathway to the Future: How Workforce Development and Quality Jobs Can Promote Quality Care Conference Package. The Impact of Workforce Improvement Initiatives on Workforce Recruitment and Retention

05/01/2004

Patsy Harris
Direct Care Alliance

INTRODUCTION

  • Collaborative Partnerships (Kinds of...)
  • Why Partner
  • Potential Workforce Goals or Desired Outcomes of Collaborative Partnerships
  • Workforce Improvement Initiatives Case Study Examples

COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS (KINDS OF...)

  • Multi-Stakeholder coalitions (workers, consumers, community-based organizations and employers).
  • Sectorial Initiatives (employers, industry leaders, local community colleges).
  • Worker Associations (primarily direct care workers).

WHY PARTNER...

  • Recognize the power of partnering with leaders/representatives within the social and economic systems that impact not only the recruitment and retention efforts, but understand how these efforts are connected with the overall well-being of the communities in which they exist and operate.
  • Intervene and connect low-income workers to better jobs.
  • Make and impact policy and practice changes in low-paying industries to increase livable wage and access to benefit opportunities.
  • Appreciate the importance of involving employers and industry leaders in the strategic design and mission of the workforce improvement initiatives.

POTENTIAL GOALS OR DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS IN LONG-TERM CARE

  • Improve wages through a concerted federal earned income tax credit campaign targeting this workforce.
  • Secure more hours of employment.
  • Access to training, where to find it, costs, content, job placement and certification, etc.
  • Access to health care coverage for in-home workers.
  • Identify new approach to supervision that emphasizes problem solving, communication and critical thinking such as “coaching.”
  • Connect workers to existing supports for housing, health care, transportation and childcare.

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PARTNERSHIPS EXAMPLE

  • Direct Care Alliance: A national coalition of workers, consumers and employers working together to build a stable and valued direct care workforce.
  • Core Principles: To shape both public policy and industry practice toward
    • Improving the quality of jobs for the direct care staff (nursing home aides, home health aides and personal care attendants), recognizing these workers as the cornerstones of god care and thereby...
    • Improving the quality of care for consumers, in particular the elderly, the chronically ill and people living with disabilities.
  • Contact information www.directcarealliance.org or email patsy@directcarealliance.org.

SECTORIAL PARTNERSHIPS EXAMPLE

  • Project QUEST, Inc.
    • An innovative job training program in San Antonio with a mission to demonstrate the social and economic benefits that can be achieved through investments in long-term training for those who otherwise would not have the opportunity.
    • Project QUEST defines the skills required to succeed in targeted, hard-to-fill occupations and then recruits, trains, and develops adults so that they are qualified and ready to fill employers’ needs for skilled workers.
    • Contact
  • Jobs For The Future (Boston, MA)
    • A non-profit research, consulting and advocacy organization working to strengthen our society by creating educational and economic opportunities for those who need it most.
    • JFF works to:
      1. Understand the challenges and barriers that keep people from participating full in the economy;
      2. Accelerate the adoption of what’s new, what’s needed, and what works in helping youth and adults acquire the skills that employers require; and
      3. Influence the policies that drive our nation’s educational and training systems to improve economic opportunities for those who need it most.
    • Contact information www.jff.org or info@jff.org.

WORKER ASSOCIATION PARTNERSHIP EXAMPLE

Worker Associations: Are coalitions developed primarily to assist and empower direct care workers with building support for quality work and quality jobs.

Core Principles for Worker Associations have included: worker empowerment; forming coalitions to build employer support; create opportunities for workers to network; and to promote respect for the worker and the consumer.

Some Worker Associations include: Iowa Caregivers Association, Virginia Association Professional Nursing Assistants, Career Nurse Assistants Programs, Inc., National Association of Geriatric Nursing Assistants.

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