Closing the Pay Gap in the Health Care Industry

Problem

The City of Rochester has a low unemployment rate, but a high poverty rate, meaning that many of our citizens are working jobs that are not paying a living wage.

Solution

Mayor Warren's Office of Innovation compiled research and wrote a report that found that wage disparities by race and gender persist in Rochester, but especially in a few select fields like home health workers. Over the past year, the City has been working with major health care providers to discuss the barriers that the industry faces in paying workers a living wage, and the obstacles to upward mobility that are faced by their employees. By getting everyone to the table and better understanding the data, we have been able to work at a framework (in partnership with the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative) that we believe will provide ladders of opportunity to the employees (who are predominantly African American women) in the home health industry.


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