West Side Inter-Agency Council for the Aging

Thurs., Oct. 20: Equity For Direct Care Workers

October 20, 2022 9:15 am

Location: Zoom

Despite their critical roles in the lives of millions of older people, direct care workers in the U.S. often face inadequate compensation and training, limited advancement opportunities, and a lack of recognition. This presentation will address the structural inequities and disparities facing direct care workers —as well as the initiatives and movements that are working to ensure that they can thrive.

Panelists include Ilana Berger, Hand in Hand, Emily Dieppa, PHI (Paraprofessional Health Institute), and Molly Krakowski, JASA.

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Ilana Berger

New York Director, Hand in Hand

Ilana brings to Hand in Hand her rich experience in base-building, leadership development, and policy advocacy, as well as her perspective as a parent and employer of childcare providers. She has worked in community-based organizations in New York, Miami, and San Francisco, including ten years as co-founder and Executive Director of Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE). She has also worked at the national level with Caring Across Generations, the New Bottom Line, and the Center for Popular Democracy.

Emily Dieppa

Vice President Paraprofessional Health Institute

As the Vice President of Workforce Innovations, Emily leads PHI’s practice work focused on strengthening the direct care workforce within the long-term care system through developing innovative approaches to improving direct care job quality. For the past nine years, Emily worked to empower the direct care workforce by addressing systemic challenges facing long-term care workers. In creating a home care training center in Detroit, Emily connected personal care aides to advanced training, higher wages, and an accessible career ladder. She did this work in partnership with diverse stakeholders, including home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, city officials, and labor unions. Emily worked closely with PHI to develop the program’s curriculum and train a multi-disciplinary instructor team.

Molly Krakowski

Senior Director of Government Affairs, JASA

Molly Krakowski joined JASA in 2003 and has held many roles within the agency. She also serves as the Field Education Coordinator for social work students placed at JASA for their year-long internship. Molly presents nationally and internationally on civic engagement and healthy aging, including at the National Conference on Aging (NCOA)/Aging Society of American (ASA) conferences in Washington, DC and Chicago, and the Help the Aged conference in Scotland. She testifies regularly in front of the NYC Council Committee about funding for senior services, such as culturally appropriate meals, Access-A-Ride reform, and housing subsidies. She served as the Executive Vice President-Community for the New York State and New York City Alliance for Retired Americans. Molly received her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work, with a concentration in Community Organizing and Planning.