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The Future of Family Care

(PRB Symposium on Population and Health Policy)

The HCPAH is taking the lead on organizing the 2010 Hopkins-PRB symposium on Population and Health Policy in coordination with the Syracuse University Center for Aging and Policy Studies, headed by Douglas Wolf.  The Annual Symposium was started in 2007 as a joint venture of the NICHD funded Hopkins Population Center (HPC) and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).

This year the topic will be on family and informal caregiving in the United States.

On June 23, 2010, the PRB and HPC sponsored its 4th Annual Symposium on Policy and Health at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  It was entitled "Family Care for an Aging Population:  Demographic Contexts and Policy Challenges."

This year's presenters were:

  • Andrew Cherlin, Benjamin H. Griswold III, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Dept. of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University -PDF: 416KB
  • Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts -PDF: 1.28MB
  • Madonna Harrington Meyer, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
  • John Haaga, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging -PDF: 852KB

The speakers focused on the implications of family change for health care reform, particularly for long term care and family caregiver legislation.  This is a topic of importance for policy on aging and on the family, with implications for women’s labor force attachment and access to pensions.  It represents a significant area of overlap in the interests of our NIA and NICHD centers.

The link to the webcast displaying the actual symposium can be found here.