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April 4, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Beth Fields!

Congratulations to Dr. Beth Fields, who received the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Early-Career Research Excellence Award. This award recognizes and supports investigators who are contributing and have promise to advance knowledge in the field of occupational therapy. We're so proud to have her and her work as part of our center!

December 8, 2021

New Health Affairs Blog Post

A recent Health Affairs blog post from Everette James and Meredith Hughes discusses the need to make spousal impoverishment protections for Medicaid permanent. Spousal impoverishment protections help keep a spouse from having to spend down and impoverish themselves in order for the other spouse to qualify for long-term services and supports.

December 6, 2021

Dr. Richard Schulz Named as Caregiving World Expert by Expertscape

Congratulations to NCFS researcher Dr. Richard Schulz, who was recently named a World Expert in caregivers by Expertscape. According to their PubMed based algorithm, Dr. Schulz was placed in the top 0.1% of scholars writing about caregivers in the last 10 years. We're honored to have him on our team!

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October 27, 2021

Recording Available for Webinar on Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NCFS co-directors Dr. Scott Beach and Dr. Heidi Donovan recently presented a webinar on social isolation and loneliness among caregivers during the pandemic in conjunction with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. You can view a recording of the webinar, and view the full, four part series on social isolation and loneliness that the webinar was part of.

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October 27, 2021

Study featured in Special Issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine

This study, in the October 2021 Special Issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, examines supporters' own diabetes distress and how that is associated with self-management and outcomes for the person with diabetes. The study finds that while people with disabilities with high levels of distress report receiving assistance from their supporters with specifically medical tasks, they did not report receiving assistance with healthy lifestyle behaviors.

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October 25, 2021

"Crisis of Care" News Series

NCFS researchers talked with The Keystone to share their thoughts on the current status and future of caregiving.

August 23, 2021

New Article Published by NCFS Researchers

Center researchers recently published in Health and Social Care in the Community with their findings around the considerations of involving care partners in the CAPABLE program.
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June 24, 2021

Issue No. 1 - Family Caregiving

We are proud to announce the release of the first edition of the Official Policy Newsletter for the National Center on Family Support (NCFS).
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June 8, 2021

CAPABLE in The New York Times!

We’re so excited to see The New York Times highlighting CAPABLE, a program that helps older adults age in place in their homes! You can read the article, and learn more about our Center’s CAPABLE research.
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June 8, 2021

Statement on Unpaid Caregiver Inclusion in COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

The NCFS has been closely following the COVID-19 vaccination rollout for unpaid family caregivers. We’ve issued a full statement regarding this.
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June 8, 2021

Tracking Unpaid Caregiver Vaccine Eligibility

We’re now tracking the eligibility of unpaid caregivers across the US for receiving the COVID vaccine, and will be updating this information weekly!
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June 8, 2021

Unpaid Caregivers Eligible for COVID Vaccine

Unpaid caregivers of individuals who are elderly or have a disability, and who receive services through a PA Department of Human Services program, are now eligible to receive their COVID vaccine. Read more now.
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June 8, 2021

Briefing Report: Households with Multiple Persons with Disability in Pennsylvania

While there are many detailed reports on disability in the United States, very little attention has been paid to households with multiple persons with disabilities. The Center has published a briefing report about this underrepresented group.
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June 8, 2021

Statement on Caregivers and COVID-19 Vaccine

We’ve issued a statement in regards to the inclusion and prioritization of family caregivers and COVID-19 vaccine distribution: