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How the Medical Home and Collaborative Care Benefit Caregivers with Karen Luken, Disability and Health Consultant and Project Director

Tuesday December 12th, 2017 12-2pm (arrive at 11:30 a.m. to sign in and for “meet and greet” reception catered by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Cafe

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A substantial body of research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk of poor health. Caregivers often neglect their own self-care and are less likely to engage in preventive health behaviors. So how can the medical home and collaborative team care increase positive health outcomes for caregivers? Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on what we can do in the areas of prevention, early intervention, and physical and mental health promotion among caregivers.



Karen Luken has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of disability and health, recreational therapy practice, research and education, and grants management. Karen is the project director for the “Medical Health Homes for People with Developmental Disabilities” initiative, funded by the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities. Prior to this work addressing Medicaid and health care reform Karen worked with the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health, utilizing a public health approach to promote health equity, address chronic disease, and improve the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify essential elements of a medical home and collaborative team care
  2. Recognize the relationship between whole person care and positive health outcomes for caregivers
  3. Identify policies, practices and resources that promote the health and wellness of caregivers 


  • Caregiver Health: A Population at Risk (2006). Family Caregiving Alliance, National Center on Caregiving.
  • The Impact of Caregiving on Physical and Mental Health: Implications for Research, Practice, Education, and Policy (2014). Elmore, DL. The Challenges of Mental Health Caregiving, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-8791-3_2 2014
  • Adult Caregivers in the United States: Characteristics and Differences in Well-being, by Caregiver Age and Caregiving Status (2013). Anderson LA., Edwards, VJ, Pearson, WS, Talley, RC, McGuire LC, Andresen EM Prev Chronic Dis 2013;10:130090. DOI:

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