The Homecare Aide Workforce Initiative (HAWI) is a multiyear training and employment program conducted by PHI in collaboration with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the UJA-Federation of New York.
The project will train an estimated 1,000 home care aides in New York City. Approximately 600 of the aides will be new to the profession and receive entry-level training designed to promote the PHI mission of quality care through quality jobs. The remaining 400 aides will have experience in home care, and will undergo specialized training in areas such as cultural competency and dementia.
During the course of the HAWI project, PHI has also worked with three New York City home care agencies on improving the recruitment, hiring, and retention of home care aides.
"We have found that the PHI method of teaching truly engages both the instructor and the participants and that everyone has been changed by the experience--for the better.”
Amy Leshner Thomas | Vice President, Best Choice Home Health Care
The entry-level training is 120 hours long and will serve as a model curriculum for people entering the field of home health care. It is designed to impart Personal Care Aide and Home Health Aide certification and credentials.
Four 16-hour specialized trainings, meanwhile, are intended for home care aides with experience on the job.
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Center for Home Care Policy and Research will evaluate the project, identifying best practices and lessons learned in order to help other agencies in New York and across the country replicate the Initiative, thereby improving job and care quality throughout the U.S.
The $2.9 million initiative is being funded by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the UJA-Federation of New York’s Caring Commission, the Tiger Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the New York Community Trust, and the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH).