Agency gives AHCA grant to tackle workforce shortage

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The Department of Labor granted the American Health Care Association's National Foundation for the Advancement of Elder and Disabled Care $113,000 to fund research on the long-term care workforce shortage. It was one of 19 the DOL is giving out in the first phase of its high-growth job training initiative.

The foundation will develop "best practice" models for developing long-term care workforces that can be replicated at the state and local levels, it said. The foundation will also write a "how to" book on building partnerships.
 
"The healthcare industry is predicted to grow at a rate of 28 percent between 2002 and 2012, adding 3.5 million new jobs," said Emily Stover DeRocco, the Labor Department's Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, in a news release.

The foundation will issue a report in October outlining its progress.