New Report Aims to Better Address Health Issues of Family Caregivers

The report “Chronic Disease Family Caregiving: The Framework for Family Caregiving and Public Health,” was developed with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation and in partnership with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). This framework is based on recognizing two main root level issues: that family caregiver health and wellness is an issue that must be addressed and that care coordination efforts are of particular concern as the complexity of care is increasing.

The framework itself provides policy recommendations, implementation opportunities, and messaging content aimed at enhancing the national family caregiver support infrastructure through a public health lens, and aims to identify the appropriate mechanisms and practices which could be administered to implement family caregiver supports via entities such as public health departments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, direct care workers, insurers, health care providers, and employers.