As IWJ Health and Safety Coordinator, I participated as a panelist at the National Conference for Homecare Stakeholders held in Washington DC on April 2nd, 2012. The conference was organized by FHI360 and the University of Illinois at Chicago. I had the opportunity to interact and be engaged in collaborative actions with people and organizations present at the meeting such as Direct Care Alliance, NIOSH, Georgetown University, LOPH, Caring Across Generations campaign, and SEIU among others.
During the same week, on April 4th and 5th, Carlos Miranda from Madison Workers’ Rights Center and I represented IWJ at the second Annual Susan Harwood Trainers Exchange. This meeting is an opportunity for Susan Harwood grantees to exchange best practices for the development, delivery and evaluation of health and safety training materials. Emphasis was given to the importance of evaluations as instruments to improve the quality and efficacy of training, and to advocate for more funds for programs like this. We learned from other grantees that although there are many challenges in delivering quality training, the creativity seems endless when community and workers' organizations have a decisive intent to reach out to that population of workers that need and deserve to be trained. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, gave remarks during the second day of the event, and as always, her emphasis was in having safe works for all workers regardless of origin, race, occupation, or immigration status.
Written by Maria Gutierrez, National Health & Safety Coordinator
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