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About the Website
ADvancing States has a new COVID-19 resource to assist states during the crisis. ConnectToCareJobs.com is a website that facilitates job matches between healthcare and long-term services and supports providers and people who have the appropriate skills and are available to work.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights how severe our healthcare and LTSS workforce shortage is across the nation. States have reported that nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other group homes are facing massive staffing shortages, particularly in some of the hardest hit facilities.
ConnectToCareJobs.com provides facilities with an easy-to-use portal to manage their workforce needs.
ConnectToCareJobs.com provides individuals looking for jobs and volunteer opportunities in healthcare and long-term care a one-stop shop to connect with employers in whatever area of the country they are willing to serve.
ConnectToCareJobs.com will provide states with near real-time actionable data about the workforce needs of their healthcare and long-term services and supports facilities. It will allow states to direct resources to facilities most at risk and in need of staff.
ConnectToCareJobs.com will provide ADvancing States with regional and national data on workforce shortages. ADvancing States will be able to provide that data to FEMA, CMS, ACL and other federal agencies to assist with the national response strategy. ADvancing States will also be able to provide the data to states so that they can compare their needs to other states. And, once the COVID-19 public health emergency has ended, ADvancing States will be able to share the data with researchers interested in studying workforce issues.
In early April, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts partnered with Northeastern University to stand up a website that allows facilities to enter information about their workforce needs into a database that allows workers looking to either volunteer or find paid jobs in institutions to look for opportunities. The state is also able to access the information and to easily assess where the highest need for staffing support across the state exists. Impressed by the Massachusetts model, ADvancing States wanted to provide it to all states and territories as part of our COVID-19 response.
On April 15, Martha Roherty, Executive Director, approached the Centene Corporation to see if they would assist ADvancing States financially so that we could build a similar website for every state and they agreed to do so immediately. Ultimately, in order to expedite the development of this resource, we decided to use Centene’s amazing IT team to develop the website. Over the next week, Centene’s IT department has worked 24/7 to develop this tool that is owned by ADvancing States so that we can provide a functional resource to the states as quickly as possible. We are extremely grateful for the time and effort that they have provided to our association.
ConnecttoCareJobs.com rolled out to the State of Colorado on May 9, 2020. This initial launch will be followed by a nationwide release shortly thereafter.
The initial types of facilities listed on ConnectToCareJobs.com is limited to the following:
- Assisted Living Community (aka Supportive Living Facility)
- Intermediate Care Facility
- Independent Living
- Individual/Family Home
- LTAC - Long Term Acute Care Hospital
- Memory Care Facilities (this is often part of Assisted Living but is sometimes standalone)
- Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facility
- Residential Home (Adult) - (aka group home)
- Residential Home (Children) - (aka group home)
- Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
The positions we will be matching include:
- Activity Aide
- Recreational Therapist
- Environmental Service Aide (laundry or housekeeping)
- Certified Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Technician
- Licensed Professional Nurse (LPN)/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
- Physician Assistant
- Nurse Practitioner
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Temporary Nurse Aide
- Dietary Aide/Food Server
- Feeding Assistant
- Minimal Data Set (MDS) Coordinator
- Social Worker
- Occupational Therapist/Aide
- Physical Therapist/Aide
- Respiratory Therapist
- Speech Therapist
What can you do now to prepare?
- Meet with your state nursing home associations and provider networks and share the news that soon the state will be urging adoption of this tool.
- Share this resource with your Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Task Force so that they can also use the data for planning.
- Develop a marketing campaign so that workers know that it is the way that they should be applying for jobs in long term services and supports.
- Have meetings with the associations and unions representing the various health care workers to highlight the website and encourage participation.
- Partner with your workforce boards to get the message out to displaced workers who may be able to fill some of the necessary positions and ask them to direct traffic to the website.
- Consider offering sign-up “bonuses” for health care workers who use the portal and are successfully placed in a position. (Massachusetts provided each worker with an $1000 hiring incentive to help promote adoption the portal)
- If your state has already launched a website similar to this, consider redirecting the website to ConnectToCareJobs.com to take advantage of the sophisticated algorithms in the software.
Questions? Check out these resources for more information about ConnectToCareJobs.com:
- ADvancing States press release announcing the website launch
- Colorado press relase announcing their participation in the launch
- FAQ guide for states
Request a live site demo by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.