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New Coalition, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, to Address the Critical Shortage of Healthcare Workers Capable of Meeting the Unique Care Needs of Older Adults
Date:2/5/2009

rkforce and the direct-care workforce, EWA has appointed Steven L. Dawson, president of PHI, and Nancy Lundebjerg, Chief Operating Officer of the American Geriatrics Society, co-conveners of the Alliance. PHI is a national nonprofit working to improve the quality of eldercare and disability services by supporting quality jobs for direct-care workers. The American Geriatrics Society is a national nonprofit that brings together health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.

About the Eldercare Workforce Alliance

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is a group of 25 national organizations, joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America. The Alliance is a Project of the Tides Center and the Tides Advocacy Fund. Alliance members believe that:

  • An essential step in addressing our fragmented health and long-term care system is to adopt care models that provide well-coordinated, person-directed and family-focused services across settings.
  • All unpaid caregivers -- including family, friends and other caregivers--should be supported and have opportunities to acquire the needed skills, knowledge, and information to care appropriately for older adults.
  • Resolving the workforce crisis requires addressing recruitment, retention, training and compensation issues across the direct-care and professional health care workforce -- which is essential to improve the quality of care and quality of life for older adults.

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