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Direct caregivers on the front lines of health care

This report by Jobs for the Futures and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, called Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, discusses how direct caregivers will be vital on the front lines of healthcare with the Affordable Care Act. Find it at http://www.nfwsolutions.org/sites/nfwsolutions.org/files/Implementing-The-Affordable-Care-Act_030414%20%28Embargoed%20until%203-11-14%20at%2011%20a.m.%29_0.pdf   Also read their report, A Guide to Making the Case for Investing in the Frontline Hospital Workforce.  Find it here: http://nfwsolutions.org/sites/nfwsolutions.org/files/CareerSTATFINAL.pdf   The Aspen Institute and PHI recently released a paper on Raising the Floor and…

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USA Today: Health care jobs lift less-educated workers

From USA TODAY: Health care jobs lift less-educated workers The boom in health care jobs is skewed toward positions requiring less education, providing lower-skilled workers a potential pathway to better careers, a new Brookings Institution report says.  “The bulk of job gains has been among personal care assistants, home health aides.” http://usat.ly/1rCCtF7

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NMDCC AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Our organization’s director presented to the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau Regional Directors and staff on demographic trends, salaries, wages, job benefits and social supports needed for advancing the caregiver workforce in New Mexico and throughout the country. Download the PowerPoint Presentation here:  NMDCC presentation for Women’s Bureau USDOL  

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Community Forums in Alamogordo, Las Vegas and Albuquerque

The Disability Coalition, along with several other disability organizations, is hosting community input sessions around New Mexico to hear from people with disabilities, family members, and others about disability issues in their areas.  The next three forums will be held in Alamogordo on July 8, Las Vegas on July 29, and Albuquerque on August 12. In addition to the Coalition, sponsoring organizations include The Arc of New Mexico, New Mexico Autism Society, Brain Injury Alliance, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Disability…

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NMDCC ED interviewed by Federal Reserve Community Connections

NMDCC Executive Director Adrienne Smith discusses challenges and opportunities for improving outcomes for direct caregivers, their patients and their employers in Community Connections, the bi-monthly newsletter of the Tenth Federal Reserve District.   http://kansascityfed.org/publications/community/connections/article.cfm?issueID=1403636176982&pubID=1403627569621&publicationID=1380039527762

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National Credential helps caregivers prove their skills and knowledge

New Mexico Uses DCA Credential to Help Caregivers Prove Skills, Knowledge While certified nursing assistants and home health aides have to take at least 75 hours of training and pass a certification exam to prove their fitness for the job, there is no federally mandated educational program or credential exam for personal or home care workers. To help fill that gap, Direct Care Alliance (DCA)  developed the Personal Care and Support Credential  in 2011. The credential measures the eight core…

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Raising the Floor and Building the Ladder for New Mexico Caregivers

Raising the Floor and Building the Ladder for New Mexico Caregivers (Read paper by The Aspen Institute and PHI on this national issue here.) Tanisha Marquez of Los Lunas, New Mexico recently graduated from the Personal Care Assistant program at University of New Mexico (UNM)-Valencia County. This young mother of two capped her graduation by earning the national Direct Care Alliance Personal Care and Support Credential, an examination that measures competencies in eight core competency areas like ethics and judgment,…

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RobotiCare?

With a shortage of trained and qualified caregivers, is a crisis looming that will be met with a robotic solution? We can do better than that. The Affordable Health Care Act (“Obamacare”) was the most sweeping change to our health care system since the advent of Medicare and Medicaid, albeit with much political tension. Now it’s time to rethink the way in which we serve our aging population, because 78 million aging baby boomers are going to create unprecedented demand…

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