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Webinar: Promoting Equity for the Direct Care Workforce

February 23, 2022
Webinar: Promoting Equity for the Direct Care Workforce

Throughout the country, millions of direct care workers struggle with inadequate compensation, insufficient training, limited advancement opportunities, and a general lack of respect and recognition—which fuels an untenable staffing crisis in long-term care. For a workforce comprised largely of women, people of color, and immigrants, systemic racism and gender injustice—among other inequities—are at the core of these job quality challenges, which harm workers, consumers and families, and the entire care sector. This webinar explores how various types of systemic inequities have harmed direct care workers and how policy and practice leaders can address these issues to promote equity and justice. Watch the webinar here.

Key Takeaways

Women, people of color, and immigrants comprise the majority of direct care workers and face unique hardships that need addressing.
Policymakers should enact equity-explicit policy reforms that help workers thrive economically and succeed in their roles.
Long-term care providers can design workforce interventions that address racial and gender disparities within the direct care workforce.

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