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Followup & Materials from Our Older Health Care Workers Conference

Older Health Care Workers Conference Follow-Up

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Great Lakes Centers for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health (University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health) co-hosted the Older Healthcare Workers Conference in the morning of Tuesday September 29th, 2009.The conference, on campus at the University Illinois of Chicago, included roughly 50 participants with a diverse range of backgrounds.The conference was a successful stepping stone to convening major home care agencies, health care organizations and workers, policy and research professionals, and labor unions in addressing the important and growing population of older adult healthcare workers.Participants and organizers alike agreed that this conference is only the beginning of a dialogue that must be continued on the topic.

Speakers and workshops focused on five main areas of Older Healthcare Workers:
  1. recruitment and retention issues
  2. training and promotion
  3. workplace design and accommodating workers with disabilities
  4. wellness and health promotion programs
  5. workplace policies and legislative initiatives.
Let's keep the dialogue going about these issues and possible solutions. Send your thoughts, resources, news and other information toKristen Pavle at Health & Medicine and we'll post items on our Special Page on the Health & Medicine blog at: If you subscribe to the Health & Medicine comment feed, you will be able to post comments to some of the posts that appear in the Long Term Care  section. Conference Materials Conference Presentations Additional Materials Workshop Summaries  Older Workers Workgroup -Additional Materials, Profiles, Etc. View conference photos on facebook