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Improving the health and quality of life older adults, especially low-income seniors, in the Greater Washington region by working to increase public and private investments in creative and innovative strategies focused on healthy aging.
Working Group Updates:This year the Working Group on Aging is approaching its work with a crosscutting, long-term, regional lens. To achieve this, the group is:
Training a Quality Direct Care Workforce in the Greater Washington Region
The most recent installment of the Working Group on Aging's Quality Jobs/Quality Care series featured a panel of leaders from community colleges and nonprofits in Northern Virginia, DC, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties that offer training programs leading to Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and other direct care certifications. These programs provide a pathway for workers, many of whom are female, low-income, and often foreign-born, into direct care jobs that are in ever-growing demand. While these programs are meeting a critical need, obstacles persist. Read more here and watch a video of Judy Berman, Deputy Director of DC Appleseed, discussing the role that the local philanthropic community can play in strengthening the local direct care workforce.
Meeting the Growing Demand for a Direct Care Workforce
On February 2nd Dr. Robyn Stone, Executive Director of Leading Age, met with funders and nonprofit representatives for a discussion about the challenges facing the direct care workforce as the Baby Boomer generation ages. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day, this is a key moment for the philanthropic community to leverage relationships with public officials, healthcare providers, and workforce stakeholders to break down the barriers currently threatening the growth of the direct care workforce. Smarter, strategic investment is needed to strengthen employee training programs, and to improve job quality and compensation, in order to grow the workforce to meet the explosion in demand that is just around the corner.