Supporting Family Caregivers for Better Population Health

Module Description

Forty million Americans provide some type of unpaid care for other family members, and this number is growing rapidly due to the coming “gray tsunami” of adults over age 65. Systems of care that address family caregiver roles have been shown to provide higher quality care and reduce costs. This is an often-overlooked component of premier population health. In a highly personal and engaging presentation, this module explores the need for caregiver support and various clinical models for providing caregiver support.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for physicians as well as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and allied health professionals who are working toward population health management, especially in safety-net settings.

Duration and Fee

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

Registration Fee: $20

CME Credits

This Enduring Material activity, Population Health in the Safety Net, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 10/01/2018. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Barry Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and family medicine educator who has long specialized clinicially and educationally in family-engaged care and enhanced family caregiver assessment and support. He has given over 500 regional, national and international presentations on family caregiving to physicians and nurses, mental health and social service professionals, and family caregivers themselves. In addition to writing a monthly column on family caregiving for the AARP website, he has also published two books on the subject. He was also previously a blogger on familiy caregiving for the Huffington Post. For the past decade, he has been the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association, as well as an honorary board member for the Well Spouse Association.

Barry Jacobs discloses that he is an employee of Health Management Associates, a national research and consulting firm providing technical assistance to a diverse group of healthcare clients.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Define the importance of family caregivers to population health outcomes
  • Outline office-based and health system-level practices to better support family caregivers
  • Describe efforts by managed care plans to support family caregivers as outlined in an AARP/HMA 2017 report
  • Describe the role of clinician leaders in supporting family caregivers to achieve better population health
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