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Addressing the Direct Care Workforce Shortage: A Bipartisan Call to Action

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For more than two decades, the United States has grappled with a critical shortage of direct care workers. These individuals are the backbone of our long-term care system, delivering hands-on care to older adults and individuals with disabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic and aging baby boomer population exacerbate this crisis, straining the health care system, hindering access, and contributing to avoidable spending.

BPC invites you to be a part of this crucial conversation. Join us on Thursday, December 7 as we bring together experts for a discussion on needed bipartisan federal policy reforms.

Featured Participants:


G. William Hoagland | Senior Vice President, BPC

Keynote remarks

Kathy Hempstead | Senior Policy Adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Theresa Brown | Senior Advisor, Immigration, BPC

Henry Claypool | Policy Director, Community Living, Brandeis University

Bill Kennard | Administrator, Office of Healthcare Workforce Development, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Dr. Kezia Scales | VP of Research & Evaluation, PHI

Lisa Harootunian | Associate Director, Health, BPC (Moderator)

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