Working in partnership with government, schools, workforce development and community organizations, Mass Senior Care and its members promote and develop strategies to recruit, educate and retain the highest quality long term care workforce. To learn more about how to develop workforce partnerships, please click here.
- Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation Scholarship Program
Mass Senior Care Foundation’s annual scholarship program supports current long term care staff seeking to further their education and careers in long term care. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded over $2 million in scholarships, benefiting over 1,200 employees.
- Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs)
Massachusetts’ 16 local WIBs, whose members include employers, higher education, labor, and government representatives, guide local decision-making in prioritizing and allocating federal and state resources for new and incumbent worker training. The State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) advises the Governor on building a strong workforce development system aligned with state educational policies and economic development goals. Mass Senior Care serves on the SWIB and the Massachusetts Workforce Board Association, while individual Mass Senior Care members serve on their local WIBs.
- Long Term Care Nursing Shortage Work Groups
The Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation first convened two regionally-based groups (Eastern and Western) in 2003 to begin to address the critical shortage of nurses in long term care. Semi-annual group meetings provide a forum to identify and collaborate on strategies to address barriers that impede the recruitment and retention of nurses in long term care. These meetings also facilitate networking among members that has resulted in valuable new partnerships.
- Massachusetts Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s Nursing and Allied Health Initiative seeks to address the nursing shortage through partnerships that increase the number of nursing faculty, improve the capacity in public higher education nursing programs, and meet the future demands for health care personnel. Mass Senior Care assists in developing and implementing the strategic goals of the program as a member of the Initiative’s Steering Committee. Mass Senior Care Foundation and the Foundation for Home Care, with funding provided under the MA Department of Higher Education’s Nursing and Allied Health Initiative, convened a symposium, “Strengthening Partnerships- Enhancing Options for Clinical Placements in Long Term Care And Home Health Care Settings” in which leaders from nursing education, practice and policy examined and made recommendations to improve nursing clinical placements in order to increase the state’s capacity to educate nurses who are better prepared and more likely to care for older adults in these settings.
- Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing
Mass Senior Care Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Nursing, established the Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN) in 2011. FIGN is designed for nursing faculty who want to strengthen their knowledge and leadership in geriatric nursing education, in support of the Institute's mission to expand the state's capacity to educate nurses who are better prepared to provide quality care for older adults and choose to practice in long term care settings.
- English Works Campaign
As a steering committee member of the English Works Campaign, a unique coalition of immigrant community leaders, educators, business and civic leaders and labor unions, Mass Senior Care advocates for increased public and private resources to improve English proficiency among immigrants, enabling them to achieve economic success as well as meet the changing labor and employment demands of the state’s economy.