Report: Advancing the Home Care Workforce

17. SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership (SEIU NW) 45 18. St. John’s Enhanced Home Care Pilot Program (St. John’s) 46 19. Universal Health Care Worker, CA 31,b 20. Universal Health Care Worker, MI b

2007- (Y)

WA

PCA Employers

X

X

X

X

Y

2012-13 (N)

CA

HCW Private

X

X

Y

CA

N/A

PCA Private

X

X

N

MI N Notes: Primary program citations are contained in this table rather than throughout the body of the report. a A version of this program is still active, but not in the form in which it was analyzed for this report b Program is not yet implemented; c Training component of program; d Evaluation in progress While most programs have been implemented, four included in this report are still in the planned phase. About half of the programs we identified focused solely on PCAs, while the remainder targeted HHAs or “home care workers” generally. Geographically, these programs were heavily concentrated on the coasts, with seven in New York alone (1 statewide; 5 in NYC; 1 in western NY). We identified two initiatives in Michigan, though only one has been implemented. Most programs represented isolated, local-level pilots in metropolitan areas. None of the programs we identified were based in rural areas. However, there are training curricula that exist online that could be used in any region, e.g., Elsevier’s Home Care Suite. 47 As shown in Figure 1, four categories of program approaches to advancing the home care workforce emerged from our review: 1) those that formalize advanced roles to move the HCW up within the home care profession (Advanced Roles); 2) those that provide specialty certification or training to enhance and expand HCW knowledge and “hard skills” (Upskilling); 3) those that integrate HCWs into the consumer’s care team (Care Team Integration); and 4) those that provide foundational professional and life skills training to support HCWs in their current roles (Soft Skills). These program approaches are not mutually exclusive; in fact, almost all of the programs we identified had elements of more than one approach, and many of them also included basic entry-level HCW training (Table 2). N/A HCW N/A X X

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