This collaborative effort is a crucial step towards developing competency assessments, which will serve as the basis for granting competency-based credentials for Direct Care Workers.
by Emily Lorditch
"Clare Luz, gerontologist, and Kevin Foley, a geriatrician, in MSU’s Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, say meeting the demand requires recruiting more medical students into geriatric specialties, training more direct care workers and improving the culture that defines aging."
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today announced a partnership with IMPART Alliance at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine to develop infection control training for direct care workers. MDHHS has provided IMPART Alliance $50,000 in COVID Relief Funding to develop the training and make it widely available for direct care workers (DCW) providing home and community-based services. IMPART Alliance will develop a comprehensive Infection Control curriculum for training all direct care workers and family caregivers. MDHHS, IMPART Alliance and others will widely distribute the training to increase access and skills for the caregivers. The training will be free of charge and available online in December 2020.
Grand Ledge High School students are learning key healthcare skills by participating in a free IMPART Alliance Personal Care Aide training course! The first training session, "Introduction to Aging", encouraged students to learn about how some older adults might experience physical challenges. The Grand Ledge School District has provided great support for this pilot program and students are excited to build their healthcare skills!
IMPART Alliance has 23 trainers across Michigan teaching DCWs person centered supports and services skills using the BTBQ(TM) curriculum. Our next targeted area for trainer development: the U.P. and Southeast Michigan!
The NewsHour explores the state of today's Direct Care Workforce in two segments that features Direct Care Workers, homecare agencies and advocates in Michigan.