In case you missed it…. UCSF HWRC also received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish the AWARD (Advancing Workforce Analysis and Research for Dementia) Network to advance research on the direct care workforce and other health professionals that serve people living with dementia through programs and activities to create a strong community of researchers.
More than six million people live with neurodegenerative diseases in the United States, receiving care and support from both unpaid care partners and paid workers. The direct care workforce – which includes personal care aides, nursing assistants, and home health aides – is the largest occupation serving people living with dementia, but there is little research to guide evaluation and refinement of workforce-related policies and programs that affect their supply, demand, training, skills, and collaboration with other health care professionals.
The AWARD Network will offer monthly webinars, host annual meetings in conjunction with national conferences, hold summer training institutes, and offer pilot and internship funds.