The Direct Care Workforce: Issues at the Intersection of Workforce, Aging, Disability, Health Care, Low Income & Disparity

Thursday, February 6, 2014 -
1:45pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York
4th Floor, 79 Fifth Avenue, NYC
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The direct care workforce is often viewed in the frame of health care delivery. This panel will provide a different lens — a view of aides or paraprofessionals as the working poor and a critical workforce need — with policy implications.

The facts are startling: One out of every seven low-wage workers in New York City is a home care aide. Their needs are poorly addressed and potential largely untapped at a time when the aging demographic is anticipated to double.  The direct care workforce also represents a sector among the highest for projected job growth; the 2010 national employment estimate for the direct care workforce surpasses 3.3 million, with projected demand calling for an additional 1.6 million new positions by 2020. Opportunities exist to leverage their potential in health care redesign efforts aimed at supporting better care at lower costs.

Designed for trustees and program staff, this session will tie direct care workforce issues into recommendations for funders. New York Times reporter Paula Span (The New Old Age Blog) and leading experts will address how to achieve quality jobs and quality care through comprehensive efforts to support the direct care workforce.


Demographic and health care workforce forecasts

How to increase a foundation’s mission-related capacity while creating long-term impact through investment in the direct care workforce

Practical strategies that can be applied to a funding framework


Introductory Remarks

Brief Welcome



A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing with the John A. Hartford Foundation, F. B. Heron Foundation, Ford FoundationNew York City Workforce Funders and Grantmakers in Aging, co-sponsored by the Health Policy Working Group.