WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Senator Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Department
The Foundation is proud to host Former First Lady Laura Bush, who has been a steadfast champion of caregivers and their families though her work with the George W. Bush Institute. The Bush Institute, based in Dallas, Texas, includes the Military Service Initiative, which works to ensure veterans, their caregivers, and their families make successful transitions to civilian life by gaining meaningful employment and education opportunities, and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.
"In the last several years, there has been a sea change in the way we understand and respond to the unique needs of our nation's hidden heroes," said Senator Elizabeth Dole, a caregiver to her husband, Senator Bob Dole, and founder of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. "While more and more Americans are recognizing the caregivers in their communities, we still don't know enough about the day-to-day experiences and challenges they face and, as a result, we don't know where support services are going to have the most impact. By listening to caregivers and collaborating with healthcare providers, policymakers, and industry and non-profit leaders, we are closer to understanding how to better support caregivers at every phase of their journey."
Through collaboration with a coalition of partners over several months, two representative military caregiver journey maps have been developed to explain the milestones military caregivers face along their journey. The maps share a common set of key intervention points where a wide cross-section of caregivers, healthcare providers, and others can provide timely support and services.
"At VA, our caregivers are selfless hidden heroes and we appreciate all the work they do," said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin. "We are proud to join the Elizabeth Dole Foundation as partners who understand and value the role of caregivers and the sacrifices they make day in and day out."
The convening, held at the Capital Hilton, thanks to the generosity of Hilton, will include in-depth working sessions focused on refining these journey maps, moderated by a team of experts from Philips.
"Philips shares the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's and the VA's goal of accelerating access to better care and support for our nation's military and veteran caregivers, and to do that we need to collaboratively map out the intervention points where we can most effectively engage," said Joe Robinson, Senior Vice President, Health Systems Solutions, Philips North America. "At Philips, we're committed to meeting veterans and caregivers where they are through connected care solutions, which can provide respite and peace-of-mind to caregivers and veterans."
The backbone of this effort is insight provided by the Dole Caregiver Fellows, caregivers from across the nation selected to represent the Foundation in their communities, and whose personal experiences are reflected in the map.
The journey map will be finalized and disseminated throughout 2018.
Four major initiatives in support of military and veteran caregivers will also be announced at the 2nd Annual National Convening:
The 2nd Annual National Convening is made possible by generous support from the following partners: Philips North America, Hilton, Wounded Warrior Project, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, USAA, The Wall Street Journal, Booz Allen Hamilton, American Airlines, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Independence Fund, CareLinx, Cigna, and KPMG.
About Elizabeth Dole FoundationThe Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation's 5.5 million military caregivers – the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America's wounded, ill or injured veterans at home. Founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, the Foundation adopts a comprehensive approach in its support and advocacy, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and faith communities to recognize military caregivers' service and promote their well-being. Learn more about the Elizabeth Dole Foundation at www.elizabethdolefoundation.org.
The Hidden Heroes Campaign, an initiative of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and provides a safe, secure place where caregivers can meet and access carefully vetted resources at HiddenHeroes.org. Another aspect of the Campaign, Hidden Heroes Cities, is an effort to galvanize local leaders across America to identify military caregivers in their communities and the local resources to support them. To date, 110 cities from San Antonio to New York, from Washington, DC to San Diego have signed on. Learn more about Hidden Heroes at www.hiddenheroes.org.
About Royal PhilipsRoyal Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2016 sales of EUR 17.4 billion and employs approximately 71,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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