They have always been there – family members caring for ill loved ones; domestic workers; direct care workers in homes and nursing homes – but COVID-19 has allowed us to witness the extraordinary contributions of caregivers as never before. These same workers who used to be invisible to so many of us are now front and center and, along with doctors and nurses, are confronting unprecedented caregiving times. The sacrifices are enormous; the stress, at times unimaginable. But if caregivers are supported and protected, the solidarity and victories – each and every one – are incredibly rewarding. What’s it like to be a caregiver during the pandemic? What protections are needed for caregivers caring for the sickest and most vulnerable people? Above all, what does "essential work" really mean, and how do we ensure that recognition and protections for caregivers and essential workers carry on once the pandemic crisis has abated?
Register now to join Aspen Ideas: Health on Thursday, May 21 at 3:00 pm EST to hear Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, in conversation with Lucy Kalanithi, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.