Engaging Union Workers in Improving Nursing Home Care: A Case Study


In 2003, Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union forged a partnership with senior management at 40 New York City nursing homes to promote resident-centered care. Through data review, field work, and interviews with union and nursing home officials, the project investigators will study the impetus for this initiative, how the usual barriers to cooperation were addressed, and how the nursing homes implemented the plan for culture change. These findings will inform efforts to recruit other New York nursing homes to the partnership and will be disseminated nationally to other unions, associations representing direct-care workers, quality improvement organizations, and the Pioneer Network.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
League 1199 SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund
Principal Investigator:
Deborah King
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 8, 2005

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