Leonila Vega Voices Institute
The Leonila Vega Voices Institute helps direct care workers, worker association and coalition staff, and other advocates develop their leadership, advocacy, and organizational development skills, so they can advocate more effectively for better direct care jobs.
The Direct Care Alliance selects direct care worker leaders for this intensive, week-long retreat, where they learn about advocacy, fundraising, organizational development, message development, and more.
The first Voices Institute National Leadership Program was held in May 2008. There have been three more highly successful national trainings since then.
State and Regional
The Voices Institute also offers state-based and regional trainings to build and strengthen worker-led associations. These are usually a condensed version of the national training that last for two to three days. Locations have included New Mexico, Florida, Texas, Arizona and New York, where Voices Institute modules were incorporated into a program to improve the leadership skills of a select group of CNAs so they can better advocate for improved working conditions, career advancement, and respect at the nursing homes where they work.
Changing the World
Voices Institute graduates are changing the world by:
Read more about the Leonila Vega Voices Institute and the direct care worker leaders it has inspired.
Direct from the Headlines
- The New York Times on why the President must enact the home care rule
- DCA's David Ward on investing in direct care jobs to strengthen our economy
- The Huffington Post on the need to grant home care workers minimum wage and overtime pay
- NPR on home health aides: In Demand, Yet Paid Little
- Immigrants key to looming home health aide shortage, says NPR
- DCA's David Ward on closing the circle of care for our veterans
- DCA's Helen Hanson's Bangor Daily News op-ed on why we need the rule
- Home care franchises fighting the rule are protecting healthy profits, says USA Today