Caregiver Summit 2021
Millions of caregivers provide critical support across the United States – from caring for aging parents and children with special health care needs to connecting individuals with critical resources. All caregivers across the spectrum are essential to ensuring that individuals achieve health and well-being with dignity. And while caregivers have long been the pillars of families and communities, their lived experience and cultural relevance continue to be undervalued.
Consequently, caregivers – who are often women and women of color – face constant obstacles, including unfair pay, inequitable hiring practices, and lack of opportunities for professional advancement. As we collectively face one of the biggest health and economic crises in modern history, caregivers – whose contributions are more critical than ever – and their allies have an opportunity to make a strong, collective case for change.
The National Caregiver Summit is a free one-day, interactive virtual event that will foster learning and collaboration while driving advocacy and action on key issues that impact all caregivers.
Designed by and for caregiver and caregiver allies, the Caregiver Summit aims for attendees to:
Develop a better understanding, appreciation and respect for all caregiver experiences.
Create opportunities for caregiver groups that have been historically siloed to work together and support one another.
Recognize their relationship(s) to caregiving because in one way or another our lives have all been or will be touched by caregiving; either by being a caregiver, becoming a caregiver in the future, or benefiting from caregiving.
Identify the inequities that exist and understand the importance of moving towards building an equitable system that elevates the importance of caregivers across the spectrum and values the contributions caregivers provide to their communities and healthcare systems.
Caregivers have individual strengths and insights that when leveraged together, can create an even stronger platform for progress. To best harness this potential, the Summit will span across three tracks: Equity, Innovation and Policy.
A central tenet of the Summit is to bring the caregiver voice to the forefront throughout the entire conference – including design of the day of learning. Learn more about our design approach and meet the team of caregivers and caregiver allies that shaped the Summit.
In addition to utilizing their lived experiences to brainstorm themes and topics for our sessions, the Equity Design Team was tasked with creating an overarching statement to weave equity throughout all facets of the Summit.