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Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to Lead Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition

BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll administration recently announced that the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) will lead the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition, a public-private partnership of diverse business and worker advocates with a focus on elevating the needs of family caregivers as a talent attraction and retention strategy in Massachusetts.

The announcement marks a transition for the coalition, first launched in 2019, to align with and build on the administration’s workforce agenda. The mission of the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition is to support and build creative solutions that allow family caregivers to continue to thrive in the workplace while also caring for family at home.

“Family caregivers are the backbone of our long-term care system, both nationally and in Massachusetts, and they play a pivotal role in our communities, workforce, and economy,” Gov. Maura Healey said. “It’s vital that government, business, academia, and labor work together to provide and build supportive workplaces for our caregivers. Our administration is proud to take a leading role in the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition to advance this important work.”

In Massachusetts, there are more than 1 million residents providing care to family, friends, and neighbors. The Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition will promote and share best practices and resources to increase productivity for caregivers at work and home, attract untapped talent managing caregiving responsibilities, and retain existing talent navigating work-life balance in the workplace.