Crisis Conversations: For elder-care workers in the pandemic, one state (mostly) gets it right

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May 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is completely upending the way we work, live, connect with one another and what we expect from our government, communities and each other. It’s all happening so fast that stress levels and anxiety are sky high. That’s why the Better Life Lab is hosting a weekly interactive conversation for people to come together, share stories and begin to make sense of what’s unfolding and what it could mean for the future of gender equity, health, how we work and how we live.

Crisis Conversations–Live from Better Life Lab is hosted by Brigid Schulte and produced by David Schulman.

The coronavirus pandemic has shown just how essential are the home health workers who care for our aging loved ones. Yet many of these care workers struggle with no benefits on the brink of poverty.

Except in Washington state.

We'll hear stories of how an innovative arrangement there could be a model for the rest of the country - now and after the pandemic.

To dig in to this topic, Better Life Lab's Brigid Schulte is joined by:

  • Brittany Williams, home health worker in Seattle and member of SEIU 775
  • Peter Nazzal, Director of Long-term Care at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
  • Stephen Campbell, Data and Policy Analyst with PHI and author of "We Can Do Better: How out Broken Long-term Care System Undermines Care"

To hear more of this episode including stories and questions from callers, click here. You can also find this episode wherever you listen to your podcasts. The video and transcript of the conversation are down below.

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