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ISSUE 32

February 13, 2018

Support Latino direct care workers.
Equitable jobs lead to quality care.

Direct care workers are the paid frontline of care for millions of older people and people with disabilities, yet racial disparities in this workforce make it even more difficult for people of color to succeed on the job. Hispanic/Latino workers—an ethnically diverse population—typically earn lower incomes than their non-Hispanic/Latino white peers—and many live in poverty and rely on public assistance. Additionally, nearly half of Hispanic/Latino workers are immigrants who commonly face language barriers in their daily lives and on the job. This research brief examines the job-related and economic characteristics of this workforce, arguing for a culturally competent, race-explicit investment in quality jobs for Hispanic/Latino workers.

 

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