AMERICUS, GA (January 31, 2024) – The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI) announced today that healthcare executive, caregiver advocate and longtime RCI supporter Paurvi Bhatt, MPH, has joined the organization as its new President and Chief Impact Officer. In this role, Paurvi will focus on shaping RCI’s long-term strategy, strengthening RCI’s national influence, and driving equitable outcomes within the healthcare and caregiver ecosystems. Her work and expertise will complement initiatives the Institute already has underway, including advocating for a Federal Office of Caregiver Health.
“As RCI continues to uplift the legacy of our founder, the late former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and to advance Mrs. Carter’s vision for a more caring society, we are fortunate to benefit from Paurvi’s deep experience in healthcare and organizational leadership in the nonprofit, government and business sectors,” said Dr. Jennifer Olsen, RCI’s chief executive officer. “Our mission and caregiver-centered initiatives call for system-level transformation, and Paurvi shares a deep commitment to and focus for better outcomes for caregivers and their families. I look forward to partnering with Paurvi to support the health and well-being of the over 53 million caregivers in the United States.”
Paurvi is assuming this leadership role after three years on the RCI Board of Directors, most recently serving as the Vice Chair. “Having served on RCI’s Board of Directors with Paurvi, I am keenly aware of her dedication to this organization and its mission,” said George L. Fredrick, COL (Ret.), Ed.D., chair of the RCI Board of Directors. “Having been a family caregiver herself, Paurvi understands what is at stake in our work as it relates to the care journeys of countless American families.”
Paurvi is a global healthcare executive known for creating strategies that optimize public, private, and philanthropic capital to expand access and more equitable outcomes in communities around the world. She is known for creating unique solutions that bring together nonprofits, government, and companies to pilot, pivot, and scale healthcare and social services. Bhatt is trained in health systems and economics, with a B.A. in neuroscience from Northwestern University, an MPH from Yale University, and a PhD (ABD) from Johns Hopkins University.
Paurvi has influenced impact by shaping partnerships with community organizations and health systems, expanding health benefits, advancing women’s leadership in healthcare, clarifying Asian American and immigrant issues, and innovating with strategic philanthropy. Having an impactful career in global health, HIV and women’s health, Paurvi now translates measurable outcomes, stakeholder engagement and advocacy to deliver results in the care economy. She actively advises nonprofits and companies on positioning results for measurable impact for those managing care and loss, particularly women as working daughters and family caregivers. She has sparked national conversations on translating key care, loss and bereavement needs of immigrant populations – who are often out of reach of services intended to support families in providing care.
“I am humbled to have the opportunity to join Jennifer as we shape the next chapter for RCI. As a second-generation Indian immigrant, who was an only child caregiver for her parents, I appreciate this poignant moment to honor Mrs. Carter’s legacy by further expanding RCI’s reach in communities—and particularly those out of reach—across our country,” said Paurvi Bhatt. “This issue is universal for all of us. As Mrs. Carter poignantly said, ‘There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.’ RCI’s work is more important now than ever, as each of us strives to take care of each other.”