Strengthening the workforce to Support Community Living and Participation for Older Adults and People with Disabilities: Proceedings of a Workshop


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As the demographics of the United States shift toward a population that is made up of an increasing percentage of older adults and people with disabilities, the workforce that supports and enables these individuals is also shifting to meet the demands of this population. To better understand how the nation’s workforce can be strengthened to meet these demands, the Health and Medicine Division and the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, convened a public workshop with support from multiple sponsors. The workshop was hosted by the National Academies’ Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence. This workshop, planned by an ad hoc committee, aimed to identify how the health care workforce can be strengthened to support both community living and community participation for adults with disabilities and older adults. The workshop featured invited presentations and discussions that: explored the needed workforce, including coordination within and between the workforce and individuals in the community; focused on enhancing quality in the workforce through education, metrics, and standards; identified how technology can support the workforce; and discussed additional research, data, and policy needs for this field. These proceedings chronicle the presentations and discussions at the workshop.