Caregivers serve as the invisible frontline of our nation’s healthcare system– providing compassionate care to tens of millions of people each year – and yet systems to support them are fragmented, inaccessible, and oftentimes nonexistent.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
We can change it, together.
RCI’s advocacy efforts seek to redesign structures and systems to proactively center caregivers’ health and wellbeing.
Centering Caregivers at the Federal Level
Despite a wide array of caregiver support programs scattered across the federal government, caregivers often struggle to navigate a disjointed system, fail to qualify for the types of benefits they need, and find that the resources available to them are not sufficient or timely.
Recognizing the need for better systems of support for America’s 53 million caregivers, our founder, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter made a bold proposal: establish a new Office of Caregiver Health within the federal government to elevate and center caregivers like never before.
– Rosalynn Carter
Establishing a federal office focused on the health and wellbeing of caregivers would demonstrate the commitment of the federal government to acknowledging caregivers and their invaluable contributions to our nation’s health and economy.
An Office of Caregiver Health would elevate and focus unprecedented federal representation, investment, and coordination of caregiver support across federal agencies. Leadership at this level would ensure that family caregivers are represented in health policy, regulation, program, and budget negotiations. A centralized office can dismantle silos that are barriers to progress by creating ways to consider the universal needs of caregivers, regardless of care recipient condition and payer. With a focus on family caregivers, the Office of Caregiver Health could coordinate programs, reduce complexity, prevent duplication, and offer caregivers a clear point of entry for resources and supports.
Advocating for Change
Family caregivers represent a powerful constituency, capable of making meaningful impact. Together, we can build robust systems of support that truly meets caregiver needs, regardless of where they are in their journey. We can advocate for a world where every caregiver has access to financial support, respite, mental health services, support from a well-compensated care workforce, and so much more.
Together, we can build a better future for caregivers.
Join the 4Kinds Network
RCI’s caregiver advocacy and peer-support network. Through the 4Kinds Network, RCI is mobilizing former and current caregivers to harness their collective power so that they may be recognized, respected, and resourced in all the ways they deserve.
Advocacy and Action
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation makes lead investment to support the launch of Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers’ national advocacy program
Organizations come together on National Caregivers Day for shared vision for caregivers AMERICUS, Ga., Feb. 18, 2022 – In
Working While Caring: Rosalynn Carter Institute Sounds Alarm on Behalf of Employed Family Caregivers
New Data Confirms Caregiver Stress is Impacting U.S. Economy, Workforce AMERICUS, GA –The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI),
New Funding Broadens Rosalynn Carter Institute’s Employment Work AMERICUS, GEORGIA – The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI) is
What Do Working Caregivers Want? Rosalynn Carter Institute Aims to Answer the Question through New Employment Initiative.
AMERICUS, GEORGIA – The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI) recently launched a new initiative around working caregivers to
The Rosalynn Carter Institute Joins the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative’s National COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative
New York, NY – The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative today announced new PSAs as part of their COVID-19 Vaccine
AMERICUS, GEORGIA – The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI) will join caregivers, advocates, and policymakers on February 19 for National
From Caregiving to Caregiver: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Strengthens Effort to Better Advocate for Caregivers
AMERICUS, GEORGIA – Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter today marked the conclusion of National Family Caregivers Month with a major
Rosalynn Carter Institute Names Georgia Caregivers of the Year, Celebration Marks National Family Caregiver Month
AMERICUS, Ga. – The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) and Seniorlink today announced the winners of the 2020 Georgia
Rosalynn Carter Institute Advocates for Caregivers with President-Elect Transition Team and COVID-19 Task Force
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) today submitted recommendations to President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition team and his COVID-19 Task Force, encouraging
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) is proud to announce a powerful new partnership with Wounded Warrior Project®
From Crisis to Opportunity: The Rosalynn Carter Institute Identifies Public Health Approaches to Better Serve Caregiver Health & Well-Being
Action Plan Calls for Robust Strategy to Support 53 Million Americans AMERICUS, GEORGIA – The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) today
Other RCI Resources
Caregiving can be a fulfilling journey, but it can also be challenging – resulting in significant mental, physical, and financial strain on the caregiver.
Through a portfolio of research projects and strategic initiatives, RCI is working to answer key questions about caregiver demographics, health, needs, and existing supports.
WORKING WHILE CARING
One in five full time employees is also providing care for someone who is aging, ill, disabled, outside of thier paid job