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The Institute for Women’s Policy ResearchAmerican University Program on Gender Analysis in Economics, and the Carework Network present: “The U.S. Care Infrastructure: From Promise to Reality” March 4–5, 2022 in Washington, DC, and online.

President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda has set ambitious goals for the U.S. care infrastructure. This important conference will convene academics, policy researchers, advocates, and policymakers to explore critical issues and policy proposals for the care industry, including paid family and medical leave, care for older adults and people with disabilities, child care issues, and racial/equity issues in the industry. We’ll discuss issues facing individual care workers as well as the broader economics of the care infrastructure in the United States post-COVID-19. The conference will serve as a space to collectively assess and push policy development and research on care in the United States, drawing on international experiences and examples.

This event was accessible online and in-person (the COVID-19 pandemic permitting) at AU Washington School of Law in Washington, DC.

Please see event recordings below:

Opening Plenary: “The Care Infrastructure Post-COVID: Taking Stock” 

Recording: https://youtu.be/x-M7bwVqi_Y

Moderator: C. Nicole Mason (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)

Speakers: Gary Barker (Promundo); Melissa Boteach (National Women’s Law Center), Lina Bracero (Service Employees International Union), Mignon Duffy (University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Carework Network), Jocelyn Frye (National Partnership for Women and Families), Elaine Maag (Urban Institute)


Workshop I: The Macroeconomics of Care Infrastructure 

Recording: https://youtu.be/uyGNJ1t3vgw

Moderator: Mieke Meurs (American University)

Speakers: Valeria Esquivel (International Labour Office), Marc Granowitter (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees); Amy Matsui (National Women’s Law Center), Lenore Palladino (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Commentators: Beth King (Brookings) 



Workshop II: Ensuring Racial Equity in Paid Family & Medical Leave 

Recording: https://youtu.be/ACCPgTHKyvQ

Moderator: Raven Dorsey (Paid Leave for All)

Speakers: Carol Joyner (Family Values at Work & Labor Project for Working Families), Elissa Silverman (DC City Council), Kristin Smith (Dartmouth College), Cassandra Gomez (A Better Balance).



Workshop III: Care for Older Adults & People with Disabilities 

Recording: https://youtu.be/0reNYUxsiDQ

Moderator: Shengwei Sun (National Women’s Law Center)

Speakers: Robyn Stone (The LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston), Mousumi Bose (Montclair State University), Fawn Cothran (National Alliance for Caregiving), Bethany Lilly (the Arc)

Commentator: Jennifer Craft Morgan (Georgia State University)



Workshop IV: Building the Child Care Infrastructure: State-Level Challenges 

Recording: https://youtu.be/nJxtJLdCkE8

Moderator: Georgia Poyatzis (Institute for Women’s Policy Research and American University)

Speakers: Robert Hartley (Columbia University), Alycia Hardy (Center for Law and Social Policy), Elliot Haspel (Robins Foundation), Shannon Jones (Groundwork Ohio)



Workshop V: Opportunities & Issues for the Care Workforce 

Recording: https://youtu.be/d_CLtjq1mi4

Moderator: Mieke Meurs (American University)

Speakers: Robert Espinoza (PHI); Sarah Nolan (Service Employees International Union, Healthcare), Eileen Boris (University of Santa Barbara), Ben Veghte (Caring Across Generations)



Workshop VI: Expanding Child Care Beyond Usual Hours: Employers, Unions, and Government 

Recording: https://youtu.be/Op34n6J3e0E

Moderator: Ariane Hegewisch (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)

Speakers: Eiko Strader (George Washington University), Debra King (National Domestic Workers Alliance), Becky Levin (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), Liz Skidmore (North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters)

Commentators: Alexandra Patterson (Home Grown Childcare), Jaya Chatterjee (Common Cause)



Closing Plenary: “The Care Infrastructure Post-COVID-19: Moving Ahead” 

Recording: https://youtu.be/GBKOfZGNrGg

Moderator: Maria Floro (American University)

Speakers: Wendy Chun-Hoon (Women’s Bureau), Nancy Folbre (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Josie Kalipeni (Family Values@ Work), Carolyn Pincus (American Sustainable Business Council)

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