The Rosalynn Carter Institute at Georgia Southwestern State University replicated a model support program for people who serve as caregivers for family members and friends with chronic conditions. The replication was built on the West Central Georgia Caregivers' Network (CARE-NET I), which supports informal (lay people/family) and formal (professional) caregivers.
- Under the grant, the Rosalynn Carter Institute established a partnership with the Valdosta State University Division of Social Work to replicate CARE-NET I, creating CARE-NET II in an 18-county area of Georgia.
- The project team created a resource center and resource guide for caregivers, conducted caregiver-training programs, and facilitated support groups for caregivers.
- To enhance CARE-NET I, project staff:
- Prepared professional caregivers to serve as "care managers" for informal caregivers.
- Conducted "train-the trainer" workshops for potential leaders of an education and support program for caregivers.
- Developed computer-based resources for caregivers, including a Web site and an online chat room.
- An evaluation of the program replication by EMSTAR Research highlighted the different needs of formal and informal caregivers including:
- Informal caregivers most valued the social support gained through the program, while formal caregivers valued the concrete knowledge they learned.
- Informal caregivers cited respite care as their key need, while formal caregivers expressed a need for more education and in-service supports.
- Valdosta State University continues to operate CARE-NET II with limited technical assistance from the institute. It is seeking additional funding to support its program components.
- The institute plans to expand its train-the-trainer program beyond the CARE-NET I region using federal funds earmarked for caregiver initiatives. It has received a grant from Johnson & Johnson to support the development of caregiver initiatives in New Jersey, Georgia, California, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a $351,212 grant from September 1997 to August 2000 to support the project.
Learn how to improve care transitions and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions, and pick up nursing and medical education con-ed credits.
Mildred Dalton Manning, the last surviving member of a group of U.S. Army and Navy nurses taken prisoner in the Philippines at the start of ...
The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community partnerships which are helping people live healthier lives. The six winners w...
This is the agenda for the June 19, 2013 RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America public meeting.
The strange pull of this series is its humanity, not its horrors.
Team members, grantees, and guests discuss breakthrough ideas that will allow us to move toward solving challenges in health care.
March of Dimes Establishes Research Collaborative on Causes of Preterm Births - House, Senate Consider Cuts to SNAP in Farm Bill Reauthoriza...
A national conversation highlighting efforts to improve care transitions, reduce avoidable hospital readmissions, and lift overall quality o...
What does U.S. health care have in common with an exotic international bazaar? The prices at either one are almost never posted, whether for...
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of ACEs and the need to develop effectiv...
Pioneer Program Officer Lori Melichar discusses using social network insights to solve perplexing health and health care problems.
Community college students in New Mexico will be able to remain in their home communities and complete BSNs through the collaborative effort...