Steven Dawson is president of PHI — www.PHInational.org — a national nonprofit that promotes quality care through quality jobs within the eldercare/disability services sector. He has helped lead PHI since its inception in 1992. Headquartered in the South Bronx, PHI’s 41 staff members work nationally and in 20 states to improve the lives of people who need home and residential care—by improving the lives of the workers who provide that care. Steven has co-authored several national publications on health care employment issues, including Direct-Care Health Workers: The Unnecessary Crisis in Long-Term Care, and Sectoral Strategies for Low-Income Workers. Along with Nancy Lundebjerg of the American Geriatric Society, he is co-convener of the national Eldercare Workforce Alliance — www.eldercareworkforce.org.
PHI’s technical and policy services currently assist more than 50 long-term care agencies, state programs and key stakeholders across the country. Within New York City, PHI is the sponsor of Pathways to Independence, an entrepreneurial system of for-profit and nonprofit agencies that includes the 1500-employee Cooperative Home Care Associates, which is the largest worker cooperative in the U.S. and trains more than 500 women each year to become home health aides; and Independence Care System, a $90 million managed long-term care program for adults living with disabilities in their homes. Nationally, PHI staffs the National Clearinghouse on the Direct Care Workforce— www.directcareclearinghouse.org — the nation’s primary, on-line library for direct-care issues, which along with PHI’s organizational website receives more than 40,000 web visits each month.
Princeton Conference XVI: May 20, 2009