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Collection Occupational Folklife Project

Personal Home Health Care Workers in Michigan

In 2017, Clare Luz, a gerontologist at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, received an Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to conduct a research project on the occupational folklore of "Personal Home Health Care Aides in Michigan." Working with fellow MSU faculty members, including the epidemiologist Khalid Ibrahim as well as folklorist Marsha MacDowell and her colleagues at the MSU Museum and Michigan Traditional Arts Program, Dr. Luz documented occupational histories of 28 dedicated personal home health care aides (PCAs) in central Michigan, whose occupational histories, on-the-job experiences, and significant contributions to their communities have been historically marginalized and under-documented.

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