The Racial and Ethnic Diversity of the Long-Term Care Workforce

The proportion of the US population aged 65 and older that is non-white is projected to increase from 20% to 27% between 2010 and 2030. This increasing racial/ethnic diversity raises questions about the ability of the long-term care workforce to meet their needs. This project will provide information about the extent to which the racial/ethnic diversity of the LTC workforce mirrors the racial/ethnic diversity of the population to help HRSA identify occupations that may benefit from investment of resources to encourage more racial/ethnic minorities to complete education programs.



  • To what extent does racial/ethnic diversity vary across occupations in the LTC workforce, and how does this compare to the racial-ethnic diversity of the current and future population with LTC needs?
  • How does the racial/ethnic diversity of the LTC workforce compare to the racial/ethnic diversity of persons completing training in long-term care occupations?
  • Is there an association between the amount of education required for each LTC occupation and the racial/ethnic diversity of the current workforce and persons completing training?

For questions, contact: Janet Coffman, PhD, MPP, Associate Professor, UCSF,