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WorkABILITY Incubator

K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan

The incubator fosters collaboration and interdisciplinary research. We provide funding and practical support for initiatives that look to cross over – straying from expectations of department, discipline and institution. Our support includes seed funding for early initiatives to help researchers get started in their work to explore and identify problems to solve in their domains. We also sponsor and support events, conferences, and other network and training activities that help our members and affiliates with their research.

Our home is in the ILR School, and we host projects that collaborate with other parts of Cornell University and other organizations.

Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative

Supporting job seekers and employers

The Criminal Justice and Employment Initiative (CJEI) provides criminal records and employment law training to job seekers who have been involved in the criminal legal system, assists employers in rethinking their approach to hiring, engages in research to study reentry practices, and influences policy makers and legislators on criminal justice reform.

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Find out more about CJEI
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Health Care Worker Collaboration

ILR and Weill Cornell Medicine

In partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech, we aim to elevate the value of home care workers while improving their working conditions and patient outcomes.

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Home Health Care Worker Initiative

Incubator Stories

News, events and articles

Empowering Workers is McNutt’s Focus

The director of ILR’s Criminal Justice Employment Initiative teaches job applicants and hiring managers how to get beyond the criminal records that often keep them apart.
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Empowering Workers is McNutt’s Focus

Paid home care workers go well beyond standard duties

Cornell Chronicle
Paid home care workers are helping patients manage chronic conditions and promoting general and mental health – going well beyond the personal care contributions for which they have been historically associated, according to new Cornell research.
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Paid home care workers go well beyond standard duties

Home Health Care Workforce Researched

Senior Associate Dean Ariel Avgar collaborates with Weill Cornell and Cornell Tech colleagues to study working conditions of home health aides, home attendants and nursing assistants.
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Home Health Care Workforce Researched

Seed Funding Opportunities

Seed Funding Opportunities

Get in touch

To find out more about seed-funding opportunities, contact us:

Center for Applied Research on Work

Cornell University, ILR School
Ithaca, NY 14853

Tel: (607) 255-4380



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