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WCF Executive Director Carol Zernial Appointed to Federal Caregiving Council

By on September 11th, 2019

San Antonio, TX – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced that it has named Carol Zernial, executive director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF), to the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council.

The council was established under the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act of 2017. The RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council is tasked with making recommendations to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II regarding effective models of family caregiving and support for family caregivers, as well as improving coordination across federal government programs.

[ Read the announcement from the DHHS’ Administration for Community Living. ]

These recommendations will support the development and execution of a national family caregiving strategy. The council will study programs and strategies planned or in use by communities, providers and government entities that address respite options, financial considerations, service planning and other issues.

Zernial is one of 15 non-federal council members. Each council is comprised of members of the public selected based on demonstrated knowledge, qualifications, and professional or personal experience. As head of the WCF, Zernial oversees several initiatives that support caregivers across the country including the Caregiver Teleconnection and the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers. The noted gerontologist is immediate past chair of the National Council on Aging.

The council’s first meeting was Aug. 28 in Washington, D.C.

About the WellMed Charitable Foundation: The WellMed Charitable Foundation is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that supports seniors and their caregivers with special emphasis on wellness, prevention and living with chronic illness. Established in 2006 by Dr. George M. Rapier III, a noted physician and the Chairman of the Board, the Foundation the Foundation oversees several initiatives benefiting seniors and caregivers, including Caregiver SOS resource centers, the Caregiver Teleconnection, and senior center health and wellness programs. The Foundation will invest more than $8 million this year in communities in Texas and Florida.

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