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Better Care through Better Jobs: Improving Training and Employment for Direct Care Workers

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In 2011, nearly 4 million workers were employed in direct-care positions, including nursing aides, home health aides, and personal care attendants. While direct-care workers play a critical role in supporting the lives of our elderly and disabled populations, direct-care jobs are often characterized by low-wages, few benefits or pathways for career advancement, as well as part-time hours. On May 3rd 2012, the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative hosted a conversation titled, “Better Care through Better Jobs: Improving Training and Employment for Direct Care Workers.” This is the second conversation in a roundtable series in 2012 titled “Reinventing Low Wage Work: Ideas That Can Work for Employees, Employers and the Economy.” Low wage jobs are a growing part of the U.S. economy, and AspenWSI is excited to continue this conversation about the nature of low-wage work, the challenges it presents to workers, businesses and the economy, and the opportunities we have for addressing these challenges at the Aspen Institute at a time when jobs and the economy are such critical topics for our country.


Featured speakers

Laine Romero-Alston
Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Steven Dawson
President, PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute)

Marki Flannery
President, Partners in Care



E.J. Dionne
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Columnis, The Washington Post


This event is part of the Reinventing Low Wage Work series.


Event information
Thu May 3, 2012
12:00pm - 1:30pm GMT+0000
Washington, DC, United States