September 29, 2022
“Rising to Meet Workforce Demands”
Thursday, September 29, 2022
8:30 – 12:00 pm
Caring for ME: 5 Ways to Effectively Utilize the State-Wide Recruitment Campaign
Angelina Klouthis, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Maine Department of Labor
An effort of the Maine Departments of Labor, Health & Human Service and Economic Development and informed by an industry advisory council, and a survey of more than 700 current and potential future direct care workers in Maine, the Caring for ME campaign aims to attract more employees into a variety of settings within the direct care and behavioral health fields. Join us to learn how YOU can get engaged and benefit from this special recruitment campaign.
Preparing for the Evolving Healthcare Environment
Lindsay Doak, Senior Manager, Berry Dunn
Lindsay will present in-depth findings from the National Healthcare at Home Best Practices and Future Insights Study. Come and learn the best practices that most successful agencies have implemented in response to industry changes and gain actionable insights agencies can use to advance their own efforts to achieve optimal performance.
Engaging and Empowering Maine’s Direct Care and Support Professionals
Brenda Gallant, Long Term Care Ombudsman
Trinity Baker, Project Manager
With a grant from the Maine Health Access Foundation and funding from the DHHS, Office of Aging and Disability Services, the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program worked with ETHOS to conduct focus groups with direct care and support professionals from across the state to learn from them about what is important to them regarding their employment. In this presentation, we will share the results of the focus groups along with recommendations for change. Attendees will also learn about Maine’s first, Direct Care and Support Professional Advisory Council which was established to create a forum for input regarding workforce initiatives. This 17-member Council can make a difference by informing policymakers about the changes that are needed to attract and retain direct care and direct support professionals.