A Helping Hand: How Immigrants Can Fill Home Health Aide Shortages in America’s Rural Communities

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New American Economy
Date of Publication: 
September, 2016

By 2030, America’s population of seniors will reach 71.5 million–a two-fold increase in the span of thirty years. As this demographic shift unfolds, healthcare services will be in increasingly high demand. A report by New American Economy projects that by 2022, the number of needed home health aides will increase by 48 percent, making it the third-fastest growing occupation in the country.

A Helping Hand: How Immigrants Can Fill Home Health Aide Shortages in America’s Rural Communities utilizes U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to analyze the shortage of home health aides in America’s rural communities and how immigrants—who currently occupy 20 percent of home health aide jobs—can help fill workforce gaps. The report finds that rural parts of the country are suffering from severe home health aide shortages, compounded by their populations requiring more medical attention than their urban counterparts.

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New American Economy. (2016). A Helping Hand: How Immigrants Can Fill Home Health Aide Shortages in America's Rural Communities. Retrieved from http://research.newamericaneconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/NAE_HHA_V4.pdf

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