Caitlin Connolly transitioned into the role of NELP deputy chief of programs in January 2020. Previously, Caitlin led NELP’s dynamic and dedicated team of experts as the director of social insurance. Caitlin began her work at NELP serving as home care campaign coordinator.
With the help of Caitlin’s passion and knowledge, NELP and its allies have supported implementation of wage-and-hour protections granted in 2015 to nearly two million home care workers, who were long excluded from the protections of the FLSA. With partners, Caitlin focused on pushing states and employers to take the necessary steps to implement the rules, while working with NELP’s partners to make sure that home care workers know their rights and see improved wages and conditions that reflect the value of their work.
Caitlin came to NELP with a depth of public policy experience and knowledge surrounding issues related to elder care, having served as the project director of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, a coalition of national organizations committed to providing older adults with quality care by strengthening the workforce trained to care for them.
Previously, she worked on quality, research, development, and policy issues as a senior project manager at the American Geriatrics Society. She also has eight years of direct experience working with older adults, people with disabilities, children, youth, and families in low-income, supportive, and public housing.
The Center for Advancing Racial Equity and Job Quality in Long-Term Care (The Center for Equity) is a national hub for developing innovative workforce policy and fostering narrative change in long-term care (LTC). Our work centers the majority Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) women and immigrant caregiving workforce and confronts the links between systemic racial and gender inequities and poor job quality. We unite diverse stakeholders in service of building the equitable caregiving infrastructure our nation needs.
The Center for Equity is an initiative of the Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP), a national labor/management organization which works with employers, unions and workers to raise standards across the healthcare industry. The initiative is generously funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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