EWA in the News
November 13, 2011
Chris Langston, of the John A. Hartford Foundation, discussed EWA's latest briefing on the Hill on the Health AGEnda Blog, pointing out the crucial role that EWA plays in both the fight to preserve funding for Title VII and VIII and ensuring that IOM's recommendations as laid out in its report "Retooling for an Aging America" are fulfilled.read more >>>
September 29, 2011
The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) issued two policy briefs on the interrelationship between two critical issues facing our nation — the need for job creation and the rapidly increasing demand for a wide spectrum of health care providers trained to provide eldercare.
The EWA, a coalition of 28 national organizations, contends that investing in the eldercare workforce will also strengthen the nation’s economy.read more >>>
September 23, 2011
Member: American Geriatrics Society
Joined by her Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) co-convener Steven Dawson and EWA project manager Caitlin Connolly, AGS C.O.O. Nancy Lundebjerg spent September 15 on Capitol Hill visiting with lawmakers. Over the course of ten meetings, the EWA team conveyed the critical importance of Title VII and VIII geriatrics health professions programs and the jobs creation potential that exists within eldercare. The visits were focused on meeting with staff for a cadre of Senators and Representatives who sit on critical committees with jurisdiction over these issues.
July 30, 2011
Caitlin Connolly, project manager for the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, talks about the fact that the quality of care for the growing older population is at stake. The show discusses the Eldercare Workforce Alliance’s 28 national organizations, that are united by a commitment to address the eldercare workforce shortage in order to ensure that our parents and grandparents receive quality care in settings of their choice.read more >>>
June 29, 2011
Dr. Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research, in a new Journal of Aging and Social Policy article praises the work of the Elderworkforce Alliance to ensure the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) acknowledged the additional demands that its provisions will place on the eldercare workforce.read more >>>
June 20, 2011
New York Times' New Old Age blogger Paula Span discusses the shortage of health care professionals with expertise in treating older patients including geriatricians, nurse-practioners, social workers, geriatric psychiatrists, and others. The real challenge, according to Nancy Lundebjerg, Eldercare Workforce Alliance co-convenor and American Geriatrics Society chief operating officer, is "Can we keep the shortage of people with this training from getting any worse?”read more >>>
June 6, 2011
A group of Senators reintroduced a bill last week that aims to address shortages of doctors, nurses and other long-term care professionals as part of an effort during Older Americans Month.read more >>>
June 1, 2011
Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would provide repayment of loans to health care providers with geriatrics and gerontology training who agree to work in underserved areas.read more >>>
June 1, 2011
“Building a Workforce to Care for an Aging Society: Challenges and Opportunities” was the topic of a Capitol Hill luncheon briefing where experts presented their research on the challenges we face as an aging nation and the opportunities for Congress to avert an eldercare workforce shortage crisis.
May 31, 2011
Late last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer proposed legislation to address a looming shortfall in the workforce to care for the aging population. The bill is co-sponsored by Aging Committee Chairman Herb Kohl, Bernie Sanders and Republican Susan Collins and is a slimmed-down version of legislation Boxer has introduced in previous congresses.read more >>>