HEART Training Partnership Celebrates Home Health Aide Graduates
Friday, March 31, 2017
In early 2016, the Home Care Aide Foundation became a partner on a new Health Education Research and Technology (HEART) Consortium Grant. The HEART Consortium received grant funding to lead a workforce development initiative with the goal of gaining employment for families living in public and publicly assisted (Section 8) housing in entry level health sector jobs.
The Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc.(CCHERS) is the lead organization on behalf of the HEART Consortium and selected the Council as a partner to provide home health aide training to qualified candidates living in the HEART Service Area of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. In addition to providing training, the Foundation conducted focus groups and interviews in March of 2016 with employees of selected home care agencies to learn about best practices and key attributes in recruiting and retaining home care aides.
One of the many exciting components of this initiative has been the opportunity to work closely with Jewish Vocational Services of Greater Boston (JVS). In addition to managing the recruitment and screening of training candidates, JVS is providing job coaching and case management services to all training participants.
On March 31, 2017, the Foundation concluded another home health aide training course in a series of five. There was definitely cause for celebration as 14 enrollees completed the training and earned HHA certificates. Thank you to the entire HEART Consortium team and our outstanding trainers – Sydney Axelrod from our staff and the wonderful nurses from Intercity Home Care who served as our clinical training partner on this initiative. Thank you also to Kit Clark Senior Services in Dorchester which served as the training location for this program.