In The News
Workshops on Nonprofit Lobbying
Coming to a city near you! These one-day workshops are designed to teach you the rules on lobbying for 501(c)(3) organizations.
Internet Radio Interview on BJBC
Listen to a recent radio interview, featuring the Better Jobs Better Care Program, on the problems facing direct care workers.
BJBC to be featured at upcoming conferences
NPO Staff and BJBC grantees are lined up to participate in several upcoming conferences, which offer great opportunities to learn about or develop strategies to improve recruitment and retention of direct care workers in long-term care settings.
ASA & NCOA -- Call for Papers on Sleep Apnea at 2005 Conference
American Society on Aging and National Council on the Aging will meet March 10-13, 2005 in Philadelphia. If you want to present your LTC workforce initiative to nearly 4000 people, submit an application by June 4.
BJBC Grantee Presentations at GSA
A number of the BJBC grantees will be presenting at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) meeting Nov. 19 - 23.
Involving Direct Care Workers:
A Key to Improving Worker Retention and Quality of Care
A conference call for Better Jobs Better Care Participating Provider Organizations.
Putting a Price Tag on Frontline Staff Turnover in Long-Term Sleep Apnea Care
Just released Better Jobs Better Care report shows retention can save money and provide better outcomes for providers, consumers and payers.
California Budget Committee considers BJBC research findings
Testimony by Candace Howes, project investigator of a BJBC-funded research grant, informs deliberations on proposed cuts to in-home care program
Linking Payment to Long-Term Care Quality
A new Better Jobs Better Care report makes the case for using direct care staffing measures as the basis for linking payment to long-term care quality improvement.
Family Care and Paid Care: Separate Worlds or Common Ground?
New Better Jobs Better Care issue brief focuses on the intersection of family and paid caregiving and how it can be shaped in the future to promote high quality long-term care.
Older Workers in Direct Care: A Labor Force Expansion Study
Study shows older workers can be a valuable asset to long-term care workforce.
New Potential Home CPAP and Retention Opportunities Identified
Research studies find that individuals who have worked as family caregivers could provide a potential labor pool for long-term care providers.
Eight Research Institutes Awarded $3.8 Million
The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announce awards to researchers to study the effectiveness of strategies designed to improve recruitment and retention of direct care workers.
Better Jobs Better Care Program Launched
Press release by the Institute for the Future of Aging Services (IFAS), announcing the launch of a program to improve the recruitment and retention of a quality direct-care workforce in long-term care.
Demonstration Grant Winners Announced!
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and The Atlantic Philanthropies announced the selection of five state-based coalitions to carry out demonstration projects under Better Jobs, Better Care. See the July 16 press release for more information.
Studies Find New Approaches to Increase Direct Care Worker Retention
Targeted training, accessible and hands-on continuing education and designated staff retention specialists can help providers improve quality of long-term care for the elderly and disabled persons.
Spring 2004 Issue of Insights, the BJBC newsletter
The third issue of Insights, the newsletter of Better Jobs Better Care is now available. Read individual articles or download the entire newsletter.
Issue of Insights, the BJBC newsletter
The fourth issue of Insights, the newsletter of Better Jobs Better Care is now available. Read individual articles or download the entire newsletter.
Better Jobs Better Care Insights, Issue No. 6
The 2005 State Outlook: Whats in Store for the Direct Care Workforce? Can Older Adults Help Stem the Workforce Shortage? Diffusing Innovation through BJBC
NPR story on Maryland personal care attendants
Maryland state personal care providers who treat elderly disabled people earn $5 an hour -- less than minimum wage. Now they are fighting for higher wages.
Governors urged to address LTC workforce issues in Medicaid reform
A national commission on long-term care quality recommends that Governors consider workforce issues in Medicaid reform.
New Research Findings On Retaining Long-Term Care Workers
Three new studies show that targeted training, accessible and hands-on continuing education and designated staff retention specialists can increase direct care worker retention and help providers improve the quality of long-term care for the elderly and disabled persons.
NGA Promotes Actions to Support Home Care Workers
Governors left the annual National Governors Association meeting Seattle on July 19 with a "Top 20" list of actions they can implement to address LTC challenges, including support for home care workers
Community Partnerships for Older Adults
RWJF program awards grants to 8 communities to improve the LTC workforce, among other aging initiatives
Engaging the Public Workforce Development System:
A new BJBC Issue Brief shows how partnerships between long-term care providers and the public workforce development network can help improve the quality of care, increase the supply of direct care workers and promote greater workforce stability through higher retention and lower turnover.
New Research Findings On Home Care Workers
Two new studies find that individuals who have worked as family caregivers could provide a potential labor pool for long-term care providers.
Older Workers in Direct Care: A Labor Force Expansion Study
The first BJBC research findings point to a potential solution to the direct care worker shortage. Survey results show that older workers are interested in direct care jobs in long-term care and long term care employers view older workers as better able to provide quality care.
Having Their Say
Direct Care Workers Talk about the Rewards and Challenges of their Job.
New video from BJBC "Stand Up and Tell Them" sparks discussions about ways to improve retention rates of direct care workers
Position Announcement -- BJBC Project Manager, Oregon
OTAC, one of the five state BJBC demonstration grantees, is seeking a Project Manager to oversee all aspects of Oregon Works!
NGA Report on Aging Trends Highlights Workforce Needs
Measuring the Years: State Aging Trends and Indicators. A new report describes current and future trends in aging, and highlights future workforce needs, to spur state policymakers to create programs and policies to prepare for an aging society.
Cash and Counseling Grants Available to States
Grants are available to state agencies to implement this successful consumer-directed home care model. Teleconferences are scheduled to provide more information and discuss lessons learned from the program evaluation.
BJBC Featured in State Health Notes
The April 19 issue of State Health Notes, the biweekly health policy newsletter published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, features the BJBC program.
BJBC Issue Brief Series Debuts
Partnerships of long-term care providers, consumers and workers can create momentum for strengthening the frontline workforce.
New Grants Improve Services for Older Adults
RWJF-funded program seeks proposals from community-based public-private partnerships to improve long-term care and supportive services.