New Conference Report Highlights National Trends
in Long-Term Care Policy
SAN FRANCISCO—May 7, 2002—The latest trends in long-term care are detailed in a new publication from Family Caregiver Alliance. Proceedings from Who Will Provide Care? Emerging Issues for State Policymakers, an FCA national policy conference on caregiving convened in San Francisco last October, have been released.
The Proceedings include fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to the complex public health issues surrounding long-term caregiving in the United States. Topics and presenters, all experts in their fields, include:
Keynoter John Rother, Director of Legislation and Public Policy, AARP, provides an overview of current policies and emerging trends in long-term care and the impact on family caregivers.
Judith Feder, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of Policy Studies at Georgetown University, discusses policy options for financing the long-term care system.
"Long-Term Care Workforce Shortages: Impact on Families" includes presentations by Robyn Stone, Dr.PH., Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Aging Services, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; Mary Ann Wilner, Ph.D., Director of Health Policy, The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute; and Senator Mark C. Montigny (Massachusetts).
Mina Silberberg, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University; Senator Dennis M. Byars (Nebraska), and Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, discuss "Respite Care: State Policy Trends and Model Programs."
"Family Caregivers and the Workplace: The Role of Public Policy," features presentations by Donna Wagner, Ph.D., Director, Gerontology Program, Towson State University; Assemblywoman Rebecca Cohn (California); and Gail Hunt, Executive Director, National Alliance for Caregiving.
"Olmstead Decision: Implications for Family Caregivers," is discussed by Sara Rosenbaum, J.D., Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor, Healthcare and Policy, George Washington University; Representative Lana Ladd Baker (Missouri); and Cathy Ficker Terrill, Vice President, Brain Injury Association.
"Paying Families to Provide Care: Has the Time Come?" is the topic for Larry Polivka, Ph.D., Director, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, University of South Florida; Pam Doty, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Robert Mollica, Ed.D., Deputy Director, National Academy for State Health Policy.
The closing session on "Legislative Success Stories" includes a panel of state legislators who share their victories and challenges in shaping legislation to support family caregivers. The legislative panel, moderated by former Assemblyman Bruce Bronzan (California), includes Senator Dennis M. Byars (Nebraska), Representative Carolyn Edmonds (Washington), and Senator Paula Colodny Hollinger (Maryland).
The conference and publication of the Proceedings were funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Conference sessions centered on policy briefs that were commissioned specifically for the conference. The conference brought together state legislators and staff; executive branch leaders in state departments of aging, health, human services, social services or mental health; and leaders in aging, disability rights and long-term care from 38 states and the District of Columbia.
The Proceedings are available for $30 from FCA, 180 Montgomery St., Ste. 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104. Policy Briefs are available on the FCA website at www.caregiver.org.
For more information, please refer to the Public Policy Briefs online.
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