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Forging a Path Forward to Strengthen Michigan’s Direct Care Workforce

Report Expanding Access & Cultural Competence
December 31, 2021

This report summarizes an effort led by the Center for Health Care Strategies to understand the direct care work landscape in Michigan. Researchers interviewed key experts on the field in Michgan, inclusive of state officials, home care organizations, long-term care compaies, direct care workers, and care recipients, to gain a comprehensive perspective on what is needed to bolster the direct care workforce and developed policy recommendations. This effort also included an economic analysis of the direct care worker living wage and turnover cost in Michigan. To view the original resource, click here.

Key Takeaways

Michigan is facing a shortage of direct care workers, exacerbated by COVID-19.
Direct care workers do not get enough respect and recognition of their professional skills. The narrative around direct care work needs to change in a way that emphasizes their roles as vital healthcare providers who keep individuals out of the hospital and in their homes and communities.
There should be improved platforms to connect direct care workers with potential clients.

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