May 2022 Virtual Dine & Develop

May 18, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

May’s Dine & Develop will be a virtual event. Come learn how the Direct Care Workforce Collaborative is working to standardize training and curriculum for Personal care workers.  We will hear from Penny Whitney and Brooke Snyder!

Personal care workers provide most of the paid, hands-on home care received by millions of frail older adults living in their own homes, assisted living and other non-institutional settings. The Personal Care Assistant (PCA) workforce is projected to grow 45% and create 56,500 job openings by 2026 in Colorado. Standardizing training will prepare PCAs to care for complex clients and provide career mobility and workforce flexibility for PCA’s if they want to move from one place to another.

We hope to see you May 18th for this exciting and informational event by our friends at the Direct care workforce collaborative.

Don’t forget to RSVP to receive your meeting login.

The DCWC is a stakeholder led Colorado initiative with a Mission to stabilize the direct care workforce by implementing strategies to support three identified priority areas (Compensation/Benefits; Training/Career Advancement; and Value/Awareness) and to raise awareness of the essential contributions of this workforce to healthcare.

The Vision for DCWC is to be recognized as the central hub for action, expertise, and advocacy on behalf the direct care workforce. This vision is beginning to become a reality this year as each of our three Action Groups begin implementation of the strategic action steps developed in 2021 and as the DCWC develops important partnerships across the State.

DCWC is positioned with a full agenda of goals for 2022; however, the success of all the goals is linked to an increased awareness and understanding of the important healthcare role of the direct care workforce.  Colorado is identified as the second fastest aging state in the US.  Research confirms that 70% of those over 65 will need the support of a direct care professional sometime in their life. The work DCWC does today to stabilize the direct care workforce and raise awareness of their essential value will provide benefit well beyond 2022.

Penny Whitney
Hello, I am Penny Whitney.  It is my privilege to serve as the 2021-2022 Co-Chair for the Colorado Direct Care Workforce Collaborative. My path to the DCWC has been both professional and personal.  During the last ten years the focus of my professional consulting practice has been strategic facilitation and interprofessional team leadership development in healthcare and most specifically long-term skilled healthcare.  Although my consulting focuses on leadership teams, I know and value the importance of the direct care workforce for quality care outcomes. However, it was not until I had two family members diagnosed with terminal conditions ultimately requiring the support of direct care givers that I really understood the importance of the direct care workforce and the value they provide not only to clients but to families.