Planting the Seeds for Direct Care and Para-Professional Workforce Development

Thursday, September 28, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

Planting the Seeds for Direct Care & Para-Professional Workforce Development Summit

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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The purpose of Planting the Seeds is to bring local, state and regional professionals together to better understand and begin to address the critical need for direct care and paraprofessionals working with older adults and adults with disabilities. It is not simply an issue for a single type of provider, since these paraprofessionals work  in and for hospitals, residential service agencies, private clients, insurance companies, CCRC’s, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and in other settings. To make progress, we believe that a collaborative approach is a more successful way to build an effective and sustainable career pathway to attract and retain this part of the workforce.  The audience will include providers, public school administrators, community college leaders, workforce development leaders at the state and local levels, leaders in the Aging and Disability fields, and representatives of successful models in Maryland and beyond.

This daylong event is the work of two groups.  The Paul R. Willging Endowment is led by Ron Carlson and was founded several years ago by those of us wanting to further Paul’s work in innovative long term care policy and operations.  The Endowment has joined with the UMBC Erickson School ( that brings years of expertise educating professionals to take leadership positions in the management of ageing services and bring innovative solutions for populations we serve.     

I encourage you to register for this summit and help to be part of the solution.  Knowing the strength of the Howard County provider network, I ask that you consider attending, sending your staff, and sharing with you colleagues.

Please contact Phyllis Madachy with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you on September 28.

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