Policy Initiatives

National Alliance For Caregiving Policy Initiatives

We build partnerships in research, advocacy, and innovation to make life better for family caregivers.

Public Health

Family caregiving is an important public health issue not only for those they care for but the caregivers themselves. They face an increased risk of deteriorating health and financial insecurity—making the role of caregiving itself a social determinant of health.

The National Alliance for Caregiving is dedicated to creating equity and improving the quality of life for family caregivers by working within the field of public health to prevent, protect, and promote the health and well-being of caregivers of all kinds. We mobilize our community partnerships through informing, educating, and engaging with them to advocate for the passing of federal policies that will actively create a society where caregivers are supported and protected.

Unified Caregiving Strategy

With these materials, NAC continues its mission of building out partnerships to advance the goal of a unified caregiving strategy to support family caregivers across the nation. Our goal is to help guide advocates in developing statewide caregiving strategies that address community-level needs.

Paid Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year to recover from their own serious health conditions or to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child, or a seriously ill family member. For good reason, Members of Congress from all parties are now turning their attention to paid leave. As policymakers consider ways to support working families, any policy involving paid leave should include family caregivers.

Global Engagement

Family caregiving is a global phenomenon and family caregivers around the world share in the experience of caring for someone else in their lives. Though the National Alliance for Caregiving focuses on policy and family caregiving in the United States, it is important that we work with and learn from other countries as they improve the lives of their family caregivers in order to create our own best practices here in the US and to improve the lives of family caregivers worldwide.

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