Shantonia Jackson is a frontline CNA at City View Nursing Home in Chicago, Illinois and has worked in healthcare since 1997. She holds a seat on the Executive Board of SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana, as well as on her union's Committee on Political Action (COPE) Board.
Shantonia is deeply dedicated to both patient care, and improving working conditions for all healthcare workers. She successfully led the charge for the passage of safe-staffing legislation in Illinois, and is also a strike leader who successfully fought for better pay and conditions for everyone in her workplace. A dedicated advocate for both her coworkers and her nursing home residents, Shantonia is driven by her belief that everyone deserves top-quality care as they age; and that those who provide it deserve fair wages, good benefits, and safe working conditions.
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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