February 10, 2015

Leading Experts and Advocates to Collaborate on Critical Caregiving Issues Through Elizabeth Dole Foundation Impact Councils

Leading Experts and Advocates to Collaborate on Critical Caregiving Issues Through Elizabeth Dole Foundation Impact Councils
Hidden Heroes America's Military Caregivers

WASHINGTON – After the 2014 release of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation commissioned RAND study that uncovered the gaps in support facing America’s 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers, the Foundation will launch seven Impact Councils at this week’s Hidden Heroes Impact Forum to address the most urgent concerns of those caring for wounded, ill and injured warriors. Based on recommendations from the RAND study, each council will focus on one of the following areas:

  • Interfaith Action and Ministry
  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Respite Care
  • Community Support at Home
  • Education and Training
  • Employment and Workplace Support
  • Financial and Legal Issues

The councils will bring together experts and organizations renowned for their accomplishments in the seven impact areas. Many participants have already initiated caregiver support programs as members of the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes coalition, launched last spring. Event host and chief facilitator, Booz Allen Hamilton, will guide the council discussions. The forum will also include remarks from Senator Elizabeth Dole and panel discussions with caregivers and service providers.

The goal of the event will be to produce purposeful, organized, evidence-based, and forward-thinking strategies that members of the growing national coalition can execute in the months and years to come.

The first report of the coalition’s progress will come later this spring, as part of the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Coalition Summit 2015: Progress and Promise.

About The Elizabeth Dole Foundation

The mission of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation is to uplift American military and veteran caregivers by strengthening the services afforded to them through innovation, evidence-based research, and collaboration. Read more about the Foundation headquartered in Washington, DC at www.elizabethdolefoundation.org.