AMERICUS, Ga. (August 7, 2012)--According to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the United States is facing a caregiving crisis that has far-reaching consequences for every American. Named in her honor, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is combating this issue with significant and consistent financial support from corporate partner Johnson & Johnson (J&J).
With J&J grant funds, the RCI today announced awards to five unique programs that support caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease through RCI-REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer Caregiver Health) and caregivers of soldiers returning from deployment and living with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or physical disability through the Wounded Warrior Family Caregiver Program (WWFCP): Problem-Solving Training for Family Caregivers of Returning Soldiers.
The 2012-2015 grantees for RCI-REACH are the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Fort Worth; the Child & Family Service Gerontology Program in Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Home Aides of Central New York in Syracuse; and Nevada Senior Services, Inc. in Las Vegas. Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pa. was the fifth grantee. They were awarded through the WWFCP.
“The movement of research from clinical trials (evidence-based) to community settings has great importance and impact on caregiving families of today,” said Leisa Easom, Ph.D., executive director of the RCI. “We are appreciative of the long-standing support of Johnson & Johnson, who had the vision for the critical need for family caregiving support.”
"Johnson & Johnson is proud of the way RCI keeps the caregiver movement alive with useful data and updated perspectives from the field," said Rick Martinez, M.D., director of corporate contributions at Johnson & Johnson. "I am excited that RCI is making a timely effort to bring the community and caregiver voice to research and policy discussions. This is the right direction for this field."
Applicants were asked to implement one of the following evidence-based caregiver programs: RCI-REACH, or WWFCP. Two phases for supportive grant implementation over a three-year period will be utilized for a total award of $150,000 to each site.
In lieu of a standard grant application process, applicants were required to complete a series of three technical assistance webinars and homework assignments aimed at increasing agency and community capacity to successfully deliver the program with fidelity.
Finalists were sent out for final review to a selection panel comprised of:
Richard Schulz, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry, director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research, director of Gerontology, and associate director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pittsburgh; John Lutzker, Ph.D., director of the Center for Healthy Development and professor of Public Health at Georgia State University; Patricia C. Clark, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N., professor & associate dean for Research at Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing & Health Professions at Georgia State University; and Jennifer Schroeder, Ph.D., J.A.S. Associates, Inc. in Broomfield, Colo.
“To address this country’s caregiving crisis all sectors of society must come together to develop solutions,” said Laura J. Bauer, director of National Initiatives for the RCI. “Johnson and Johnson continue to serve as a best practice model for what corporations in America can do to help. The aim of this program is to assure that family caregivers receive interventions that have been proven effective in reducing the burden and depression associated with caregiving.”
Georgia Southwestern’s Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna who serves as president of the institute's Board of Directors, to enhance her longstanding commitments to family caregiving and mental health. Through research, education and training, the RCI promotes the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and professional caregivers; encourages effective caregiving practices; builds public awareness of caregiving needs; and advances public and social policies that enhance caring communities.
The RCI’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated at its National Summit and Training Institute, “Enabling Caring Communities: Promoting Evidence-Based Programs Across the Lifespan,” October 24 and 25, 2012 at GSW. Visit: www.RCISummit.org for additional information and to register for this milestone event.
ABOUT GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN: Recognized as one of the best colleges in the South, Georgia Southwestern was founded in 1906 and offers bachelors and masters degrees as a unit of the University System of Georgia. GSW is located in Americus, Ga., in Sumter County, the home of former President Jimmy Carter and three National Historic sites.
ABOUT JOHNSON & JOHNSON: Johnson & Johnson is the world's most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and professional markets. Its worldwide headquarters are located in New Brunswick, NJ, where the business was founded over a century ago.
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