Young Adult Caregivers & COVID 19: Community Care and Self-Care

Thursday May 14, 2020 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM EST

OVERVIEW: Join us for an in-depth conversation to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) on caregivers.  Many existing and new caregivers have experienced unprecedented changes that have impacted their living arrangements, increased their caregiving responsibilities, and made juggling work, childcare, and other routines more difficult. Join our webinar to hear our panelists discuss bold ideas on caregiving policy and offer young and new caregivers the tools and resources to aid their financial and mental health. 

With an emphasis on the Latinx community and communities of color, Latinos for a Secure Retirement acknowledges the deep-rooted values of caring for family above all other needs; making caregiving a sacrifice-of-love, even after working a full-time job. In fact, AARP reports Latinx young adults clock-in an average of 42 hours a week compared to 36 hours by other young adult caregivers. However, as we lean-in to both the cultural elements of caregiving and the “duty” young adults feel towards caring for the ones they love – at what expense do self-care elements take a backseat like rest, mental health, and even personal finances.

Josephine F. Kalipeni, Director of Policy & Federal Affairs, Caring Across Generations
Jason Resendez, Executive Director, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition
Alejandrina Guzman, People with Disabilities Constituency Organizer, Texas Democratic Party
Erin Hemlin, Health Policy and Advocacy Director, Young Invincibles
Randy Feliciano, Senior Program Manager, Center for Benefits Access, National Council on Aging

Abigail Zapote, Executive Director, Latinos for a Secure Retirement

Abigail Zapote, Executive Director, Latinos for a Secure Retirement
Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs, National Council on Aging


  • 2:00 PM Welcome & Video Presentation 
  • 2:10 PM Young Adult Caregivers & COVID 19: Community Care and Self-Care Panel
  • 3:00 PM Benefits Check-Up Tool Training & Q&A
  • 3:25 PM Closing Remarks

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Alejandrina Guzman, People with Disabilities Constituency Organizer, Texas Democratic Party

Alejandrina is from Azle, Texas and was elected 2017-2018 Student Body President, becoming the first Latina SBP at The University of Texas at Austin and the first SBP with a physical disability in the Big XII Conference. Alejandrina then went on to work on statewide and local campaigns, was a Mexican American Legislative Caucus fellow in the Texas House of Representatives during the 86th legislative session, and is a Latinx and disability rights activist based in Austin.


Jason Resendez, Executive Director, LatinosAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition

As the founding Executive Director of the LatinosAgainstAlzheimer's Coalition – convened by UsAgainstAlzheimer's – Jason champions brain health equity at every level of the healthcare system. On behalf of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, Jason works with researchers, policymakers, industry leaders, and community-based organizations to address disparities in Alzheimer’s disease impacting the Latino community through research and policy change....He also serves as chief of staff for UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, advising on organizational strategy, advocacy, and policy.

Jason is the co-author of Latinos & Alzheimer's Disease: New Numbers Behind the Crisis, a seminal report released with the USC Roybal Institute on Aging, and co-project lead of the Alzheimer's Disease Disparities Engagement Network (ADDEN), an initiative initially funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).


Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Strategic Partnerships & External Affairs, National Council on Aging

Vivian leads the National Council on Aging’s ecosystem of national and community partnerships, external engagement of NCOA’s policy priorities, and programs focused on vulnerable populations of older adults. For over a decade, Nava-Schellinger has used equity as a baseline principle of her work - whether working on large scale reimbursement programs in the private sector, securing funding for health literacy programs and driving Affordable Care Act (ACA)...outreach in vulnerable communities, or advocating for greater health and economic security across the lifespan for underrepresented populations.

A proud Tejana, born and raised along the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Nava-Schellinger has utilized her cultural assets and legal training to efficiently and successfully merge business strategy, development, organizational management, and health policy to ensure that all communities have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare and financial well-being. Before her tenure at the National Council on Aging (NCOA), Nava-Schellinger worked in partnership and fund development within the non-profit sector at Enroll America, an organization aimed at reaching the hard-to-reach and connecting them to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Vivian resides in Washington, DC, with her husband Jake, and their two rescue dogs (Fernando and Phil-Chepito).

Erin Hamlinemlin, Health Policy and Advocacy Director, Young Invincibles

Erin Hemlin, Health Policy and Advocacy Director, Young Invincibles

Erin Hemlin oversees health policy and advocacy for Young Invincibles. She currently leads YI’s policy development and government relations work related to access to health care with a focus on the federal marketplace and Medicaid, as well as young adult health care utilization, specifically regarding mental health....

Previously, Erin led YI’s health care consumer education work for five years which focused on ACA implementation and helping young people access coverage directly, as well as connecting partners to young adults in their communities. Erin previously worked for a social change-oriented lobbying firm, The Sheridan Group, and for the Congressional Research Service. She serves on the Board of Directors of The National Alliance for Adolescent Health. She is a native Texan, and received her B.A. from St. Edward’s University, and M.A. from George Mason University.

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Josephine F. Kalipeni, Director of Policy & Federal Affairs, Caring Across Generations

Josephine Kalipeni expertise includes asset-based grassroots and faith organizing, public speaking, and policy development for issues-based campaigns in health, education, and international affairs, with a focus on racial and economic equity. Josephine initially worked in family case management and social work, assisting families navigating various public systems....

Seeing firsthand the limitations and opportunities of social programs, she has worked to increase health access through public social policy for children and families. Josephine has provided technical and policy assistance to state organizations working on progressive policy and researched and developed state and national policy. Josephine has worked to increase health access through public social policy, with a focus on Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Josephine focuses on public policy benefit design and issues campaigns development through community-based organizations. Josephine values developing policy through a collective impact and asset-based model that centers the experiences of those most impacted by the issue as the experts of formulating a solution.


Randy Feliciano, Senior Program Manager, Center for Benefits Access, National Council on Aging

Randy Feliciano is a Senior Program Manager with the National Council on Aging (Center for Benefits Access). In this role he provides technical support and training to benefit enrollment centers throughout the U.S and spearheads a committee of national non-profit organizations and federal government agencies focused on the needs of low-income Medicare beneficiaries....

Randy’s professional background also includes: program management, client advocacy, media communications, federal grant support and Volunteer Administration. From 2010-2015 he worked for Arlington County’s Department of Human Services where he managed a legal guardianship program (serving incapacitated adults in the Arlington area), and a Personal Advocate Service where volunteers worked with area residents and human service clients to connect them to local, state and federal benefit programs and services. In 2014, he co-authored an article for the American Bar Associations, BIFOCAL, entitled: The Work of a Volunteer Fiduciary, which highlights the effectiveness of volunteer and pro bono guardians of incapacitated adults. In the fall of 2019, Randy was appointed to the Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) in Virginia by the State Supreme Court.


About The National Council on Aging (NCOA): It is a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well. Since 1950, our mission has not changed: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. NCOA empowers people with the best solutions to improve their own health and economic security—and we strengthen government programs that we all depend on as we age. Every year, millions of people use our signature programs BenefitsCheckUp®, My Medicare Matters®, and the Aging Mastery Program® to age well. By offering online tools and collaborating with a nationwide network of partners, NCOA is working to improve the lives of 40 million older adults by 2030. Learn more at and @NCOAging.

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