Living Longer Personal and home health aides, registered nurses, and medical and nursing assistants are among the fastest growing occupations in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 1.2 million new personal and home health aide positions – and the need for another 372,000 registered nurses – by 2028. Due to the shortage of qualified healthcare workers, immigrants held 15 percent of all registered nursing positions in the United States in 2016. On April 22, President Trump signed an Executive Order to pause immigration due to COVID-19, but exempted physicians and nurses. This is not uncommon in developed countries with a growing aging population who are living longer. About eight percent of nurses in Canada are foreign-trained, […]
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Sarah Smiley is a strategic communications and policy expert with over 20 years in international trade and government affairs, working in the U.S. Government, private sector and international organizations.
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Cross Laminated Timber is the basis of the “tall wood” buildings movement. CLT construction is a growing global market. Cross-laminated timber provides many possible benefits, including reduced costs, rural employment, strength, fire-resistance, beauty and a sense of being closer to nature.
Iran is one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19, having emerged as an early hotspot outside China. While economic sanctions against Iran remain, humanitarian exemptions enable trade in essential goods like food and medicine as a part of health diplomacy. Learn how lessons from past sanctions can be applied to the global pandemic response.
Trade in live animals is listed in Chapter 1 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. Livestock trade (from bees to goat farming) provides extra income and improves nutrition in developing countries.
Dating back thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is now an economic driver for China. But as TCM is traded globally in the modern age, the industry will need to find a balanced approach to quality, safety, and the sustainability of precious resources. Dig into the ethics surrounding TCM trade.
Americans will give each other 200 million roses over the Valentine season. The majority were grown in Colombia. How did this come to be? For decades, U.S. Government trade, development, and drug eradication policies were designed to move South American growers away from cultivating the coca plant used to make cocaine by substituting commercially profitable production of cut flowers.