Welcome to our official Atlas of Caregiving (re)launch!
Following our successful Pilot Project, we now begin our work as an independent nonprofit organization. We’re energized by the opportunity to continue our partnership with Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), and collaborate with new funders Santa Barbara Foundation and AARP.
Since completing our pilot study, and releasing the Pilot Study Research Report, we have had many conversations with friends and colleagues across the caregiving space about whether, and how best, to continue our work. We received praise and encouragement for our groundbreaking research, and especially a great deal of interest in spreading awareness and use of our Care Maps. This interest and feedback helped us hone our vision for the organization.
Atlas of Caregiving envisions a world in which family caregiving is recognized and supported as fundamental to a healthy society. We have made it our mission to be the trusted source of actionable information on the realities of family caregiving, while delivering relevant solutions to make it easier and more effective. Through our Core Research we will conduct research and develop tools to generate detailed data about the actual, lived reality of day-to-day family caregiving, and to develop insights useful to all those providing products, services, and policies to help family caregivers. In Practical Solutions we will develop and distribute tools that help families and professionals better understand and manage their own situations, starting with Atlas CareMaps.
We are grateful for the seed grants provided by the Santa Barbara Foundation and AARP. More than just funders, both organizations are working closely with us. With the Santa Barbara Foundation and their Community Caregiving Initiative Partners we are exploring how to leverage our CareMaps to better understand caregiving in Santa Barbara County and to improve the ways in which families are supported. We will also be experimenting with new Core Research methods and additional Practical Solutions. With AARP, we are enhancing the Atlas CareMap tool, and then will be working together to bring it to families and communities across the nation. Our collaboration with Family Caregiver Alliance deepens, with FCA executive director Kathleen Kelly joining Bill Portelli, Managing Partner of CEO Quest, on our Board of Directors.
There is a lot planned for 2017 and beyond. Stay tuned. And, if you are interested in learning more about Atlas CareMaps, communications, funding, partnership, or research opportunities, send us a message.