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Formation of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance

External Project Site: www.eldercareworkforce.org
Related: Health

In April 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a study entitled Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. The report documented the critical shortage of both professionals and direct-care workers needed to meet the health care requirements of the United States’ rapidly growing and increasingly diverse older population. It also proposed steps to address that shortage by enhancing the geriatric competence of all those who care for the elderly, increasing recruitment and retention, and redesigning models of care.

During the development of the IOM study, the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation asked Meridian Institute to explore the advisability and feasibility of convening a national alliance of key experts that would collaboratively develop and implement strategies to address the challenges identified in the IOM report.

To assess the level of interest in forming such an alliance, Meridian Institute, in partnership with Moore II Resolutions, conducted interviews and facilitated a set of exploratory meetings with a broad range of stakeholder organizations in the field of aging.

As a result of these interactions, the Eldercare Workforce Alliance was formed in September 2008. The Alliance is a multi-stakeholder group composed of representatives of consumers, family caregivers, clinical and academic professionals and trainees, health-providing organizations, direct care workers, researchers, employers, labor, and health care advocates. The group decided to focus specifically on the need to expand and enhance the workforce caring for the United States’ aging population. Alliance participants identified priority areas for action in the legislative and policy arenas, created a self-governing structure to execute their work (including a Coordinating Council and work groups), and are now working toward the achievement of their goals.

For more information, see http://www.eldercareworkforce.org.


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