National Advisory Board Member spotlight: Karyne Jones

Karyne Jones is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. based in Washington, D.C.

Prior to NCBA, Karyne was a lobbyist with SBC Telecommunciations, Inc., (now ATT) and was elected to five terms in the Texas House of Representatives (District 120- San Antonio). A native of San Antonio, Karyne currently serves on national boards for Leading Age, Generations United, the Alzheimer’s Association and is Chair of the Board of the American Society on Aging. 

As the CEO and Executive Director of NCBA, Karyne is able to provide valuable insights in to the challenges faced by older and disabled people every day. Karyne says “the NAB brings value to me and my organization by facilitating the sharing of experiences, legislation and updates and enables stronger collaboration between the aging & disability community and UHC.”

To date, Karyne is specifically proud to have been a part of the National Advisory Board’s Caregiving work. “With the major increase in caregiving needs, particularly because of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the economic impact, professionalization of direct service workers, other employment support services, and growing aging population will require a continued focus on caregiving policy and its impact moving forward.”

“The Professional Caregiving White Paper has been a significant initiative. The paper provides important facts in the current situation of the growing need for societal recognition in terms of direct care workers and the role of managed care organizations, and how the health care system in general will coordinate and support these services.”

Learn more about the National Advisory Board or the challenges and opportunities for both family and direct service caregivers.   

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