Family Caregiver Alliance Presents 2013 Leadership Award to Dr. Susan Reinhard

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FCA's 2nd Annual Thought Leader Roundtable and Award Dinner Panel (left to right): Moderator Jacquelyn Kung, MBA, PhD, COO and Co-Founder, ClearCare Online; Bob Kocher, MD, Partner, Venrock; Awardee Susan Reinhard, RN, PHD, FAAN, Senior Vice President, AARP Public Policy Institute; Kathleen Kelly, MPA, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2013 – Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is pleased to honor Susan C. Reinhard, RN, Ph.D, with its 2013 Leadership Award. Dr. Reinhard is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the AARP Public Policy Institute.

The award recognizes the extraordinary contributions Dr. Reinhard has made in the fields of long-term care and caregiving. The award was presented May 9 at FCA's Second Annual Thought Leader Roundtable and Award Dinner, "Caregiving at a Crossroads: New Models, New Opportunities." Attendees at the event represented organizations and leaders involved in research, policy, new business models, venture investing and other innovations in caregiving.

Throughout her career, Dr. Reinhard has been a champion for family caregivers and has incorporated their needs and issues in public policy development, in curriculum and nursing instruction, and in state administration of health and senior services.

"We're delighted to present this award to Dr. Reinhard," said FCA Executive Director Kathleen Kelly. "She combines a deep understanding of health care policy with the practicality of a home visit nurse, a position she held for many years. She has always counseled both older adults and their family caregivers. She is a highly respected leader in the field and we salute her tireless efforts to highlight the roles and responsibilities of caregiving families and advance policy and practice to ensure that families have the support they need and deserve."

Dr. Reinhard, a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, has extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Previously, she served as Professor and Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directing several national initiatives with states to help people with disabilities of all ages live in their communities.

"I am so fortunate to receive this award," she said, "and to share an evening with innovators who are anxious to create technological solutions that can help families manage their crucial caregiving responsibilities. Family Caregiver Alliance was there before we ever knew we needed them. And they will continue to lead us in ways we have yet to imagine. It is a privilege to partner with them now and in the future."

Previous winner of the Family Caregiver Alliance Thought Leadership Award was the John A. Hartford Foundation, New York. The Award was established to recognize a person or organization that has a proven track record of making a positive impact on family caregivers at the national level through research, enablement, policy, and the delivery of services.

Family Caregiver Alliance and its National Center on Caregiving offer local and national programs to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. A wealth of caregiving advice, resource listings, newsletters, Fact Sheets, research reports, policy updates, discussion groups, and the Family Care are available free on the website. Visit or call (800) 445-8106 for more information.

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Press contact: Leah Eskenazi, (415) 434-3388 ext. 330 or [email protected].

Tuesday, May 21, 2013