Family Caregiving InstituteFamily Caregiving Institute plans virtual September summit
Event features innovations in workforce education for family caregiving

The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis invites educators to submit abstracts that highlight workforce education programs or curricula designed to strengthen clinical skills in collaborating with and supporting family caregivers of older adults at a virtual summit set for Sept. 16 and 17.

The summit was developed in support of the institute’s goal to better prepare health professionals to effectively support the needs of caregivers. Nearly all health care providers, 97% according to an AARP study, say caregivers play an important role in patient care. Yet fewer than half of caregivers say they are prepared for the rigorous demands of caring for a family member or friend at home.

“These dedicated caregivers remain largely invisible in the health care system,” said Terri Harvath, institute director. “We must improve the education of health professionals, at both the prelicensure and advanced levels, to support the needs of caregivers as well integrate those caregivers into the health care team.”

The institute seeks to showcase education programs such as workshops, online modules, seminars, continuing education courses as well as graduate and undergraduate course that target health professional education. Topics include workforce education to support diverse caregivers, family-caregiving focused distance learning, workforce education supporting dementia care, family-centered communication to identify, assess and support givers and strategies to identify caregivers preparedness to provide care.

Educators may propose either a poster or panel presentation; however, panel presentations are limited.

All abstracts must be entered online via a Qualtrics survey by July 15. To participate, register at this same site by Aug. 31. There is no cost to participate.
Read the abstract guidelines (PDF).