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Racial Disparities in the Direct Care Workforce: Spotlight on Black/African American Workers

Brief Expanding Access & Cultural Competence
February 1, 2018
Racial Disparities in the Direct Care Workforce: Spotlight on Black/African American Workers

The first in a three-part series focusing on racial and ethnic disparities within the direct care workforce, this research brief takes a closer look at the demographics and job realities of Black/African American direct care workers. By highlighting the inequalities these workers experience, this brief emphasizes the importance of integrating race-explicit strategies into all aspects of workforce development in long-term care, from recruitment through training and employment supports—in order to stabilize the workforce and ensure that care is available for the growing numbers of older adults and people with disabilities.

Key Takeaways

There are over one million Black/African American direct care workers—one-third of the total direct care workforce.
Most Black/African American direct care workers have less formal education than their white peers.
Addressing the racial disparities facing Black/African American direct care workers will lead to stable, high-quality care.
 
Stephen Campbell
About The Author

Stephen Campbell

Data and Policy Analyst
Stephen Campbell is a Policy Research Associate at PHI. In this capacity, he contributes research, analysis, and writing on issues affecting the direct care workforce with the goal of impacting state and national policy.
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