Field of Work: Direct-care workers—nursing assistants, home health aides, and personal care attendants in North Carolina.
Problem Synopsis: Like many other states with a graying population, North Carolina faced a looming shortage in its long-term-care workforce. When Better Jobs Better Care was launched, about 70 percent of the state’s long-term-care workforce was choosing to leave jobs each year.
Synopsis of the Work: From 2003 to 2009, the North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs worked with a team of stakeholders and consumers to create a voluntary, special state license designed to promote the recruitment and retention of direct-care workers. The coalition also created a website and a set of documents to help long-term care providers in North Carolina and other states apply for the special license. Ten long-time partners were part of the initial Better Jobs Better Care coalition led by the North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs.
Over the project period, the North Carolina Foundation and its partners: