The Personal and Home Care Aide State Training Program (PHCAST) is a 3-year federal demonstration program designed to develop core competencies, pilot training curricula and establish certification programs for personal and home care aides (PHCAs). LeadingAge Center for Applied Research is partnering with Walter R. McDonald & Associates, LLC to evaluate PHCAST teaching methods and to ascertain the impact of core competencies training on key outcomes.

I am pleased to share with you an announcement that the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research has received a $698,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Over the next 3 years, we will be conducting the first national effort to assess whether affordable housing settings can serve as effective platforms for meeting the health and long-term care needs of low-income older residents while helping to reduce care costs.

We are very excited about this research project because, among other things, it reinforces 3 of the LeadingAge Leadership Imperatives. Our Board of Directors believes that these driving forces will profoundly influence the fulfillment of LeadingAge’s mission over the next decade:

  • Strengthening not-for-profit leadership.
  • Creating the new financing paradigm.
  • Leading innovation.

We also believe the data generated from this project will support LeadingAge’s advocacy agenda around affordable housing and home and community-based services. And, as always, we are looking forward to involving a sample of LeadingAge members in our work through a limited number of case studies and a survey that will gather information about services available to residents of federally subsidized housing. 

Research staff and partners

Tremendous kudos go to the staff of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research for their efforts in winning this grant: 

  • Alisha Sanders, senior policy research associate.
  • Natasha Bryant, managing director/senior research associate
  • Adrienne Ruffin, deputy director.
  • Felita Kamara, executive administrator. 

I am also grateful to all of the LeadingAge staff members who support our proposals and dissemination efforts.

In addition, I’d like to introduce our partners in this research project: The Lewin Group, a national health and human services consulting group, and Synovate, which provides expertise on a range of market and survey research activities.

For more information

For more information about the MacArthur-supported research project, please visit Center for Applied Research. In addition, I hope you will stay tuned for updates on this exciting work! We will keep you informed through regular reports on LeadingAge.org/Research, in LeadingAge magazine, and during our conferences. 
 

The Center for Applied Research is partnering as a subcontractor to the Lewin Group to provide technical assistance to states and other organizations seeking to improve the recruitment and retention of individuals who provide support services for people with disabilities. 

The National Direct Service Workforce Resource Center was created to respond to the large and growing shortage of direct service workers. The resource center offers:

  • An on-line searchable database.
  • Access to information from a team of direct service workforce policy professionals.
  • Technical assistance for selected State Medicaid Agencies awarded through an annual application process.   

The project was funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The 2007 National Home Health Aide Survey is the first national probability survey of home health aides. 

LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, in partnership with Social and Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS), will be conducting analyses using this survey to provide technical assistance and policy analysis to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). 

The goals of the analyses are to describe workforce characteristics and to evaluate the interrelationships among workforce characteristics, job quality, and other worker and facility characteristics and quality of care. 

The goal of analyses underpinning the "Workforce Characteristics" report is to understand the supply of workers by demand, geographic location, policy variation, agency characteristics, and recruitment strategies.

The team will prepare reports and manuscripts with results from these analyses.

This project is funded by ASPE and the Center is a subcontractor to SSS.
 

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