Title of presentation:  The Impact of Unions on Quality of Care Workforce
Leslie Hendrickson, PhD

For the last four years, Dr. Leslie Hendrickson has consulted on state long-term care programs, Medicaid financial issues, and the mapping of age, income and health characteristics by geographical regions. He has written Center reports about global budgeting in long term care, the cost effectiveness of nursing home transition programs, and the minimum data set (MDS).

During July 1, 2007 to June 31, 2008 Dr. Hendrickson was a Visiting Professor at Rutgers University's Center for State Health Policy where he managed a long-term care technical assistance grant for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Dr. Hendrickson is the author of What is the Impact of Unions on Quality of Care? a discussion paper on the effects of unionization on wages, turnover, and quality care and provides an overview of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) initiatives in key states.

Dr. Hendrickson spent eleven years with Oregon Medicaid, first as the Senior Budget Analyst in the Medicaid Budget Office and then as a manager in the division responsible for the long-term care of seniors and persons with disabilities. For five years, as an Assistant Commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, he supervised a $1.5 billion nursing home reimbursement program and Medicaid waiver programs for seniors and persons with physical disabilities.