Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Carol Levine to Receive Award for Raising Awareness About and Influencing Policy on Family Caregiving
The State Society on Aging of New York has announced that this year’s President’s Award will be conferred on Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project at United Hospital Fund.
“Carol was selected as this year’s recipient of the President’s Award because of her significant contributions in raising public awareness about caregiving burdens and influencing policy,” said State Society on Aging President Mary Beth Morrissey. “Through Carol’s groundbreaking advocacy and leadership, policymakers are finally turning their attention to the urgent needs of caregivers and prioritizing caregiving as an issue of national concern.”
Since joining United Hospital Fund in 1996, Ms. Levine has focused her work on developing partnerships between health care professionals and family caregivers, especially during transitions between health care settings. An important aspect of this work was the development of the Next Step in Care website (www.nextstepincare.org), which provides guides and other tools to family caregivers and health care professionals to help them work more effectively together. In 1993, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for her work in AIDS policy and ethics. She was named a WebMD Health Hero in 2007 and a Purpose Prize fellow in 2009. In 2014, she had two books published to strong reviews: Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry about Family Caregiving (Vanderbilt University Press) and Planning for Long-Term Care for Dummies (Wiley).
The President’s Award will be presented as part of the State Society on Aging’s Forty-Second Annual Conference, titled “The Collaborative Age Integration Across Disciplines.” The conference will be held on Wednesday, October 22 (9 am to 7 pm); Thursday, October 23 (8:30 am to 9 pm); and Friday, October 24 (9 am to 3 pm) at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham University. Dr. Morrissey will present the award to Ms. Levine on October 23, at 7:15 pm.