Rita Choula is Director of Caregiving with the AARP Public Policy Institute. She manages and provides content expertise on internal and external family caregiving initiatives with a specific focus on identifying and supporting the needs of multicultural family caregivers.
Rita bridges policy to practice by working with external partners to provide health and social service professionals with programs and tools to support family caregivers across settings. Most recently, through the Home Alone Alliance, she led the development and production of a series of instructional videos designed to support family caregivers who perform complicated medical nursing tasks. Through her leadership and in collaboration with external organizations, multiple series of videos and accompanying tools will be developed.
Before joining AARP, Rita worked as a corporate researcher in the health and information technology sectors. She was also the assistant principal of a parochial school serving children grades prekindergarten through eighth grade. Mrs. Choula holds a master’s degree in the Management of Aging Services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
In Her Words
“Meeting the needs of diverse family caregivers … requires organizational support and changes in public policy.” “Meeting the Needs of Diverse Family Caregivers”
Feinberg, L. and Choula, R., “Understanding the Impact of Family Caregiving and Work,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, October 2012).
Reinhard, S. and Choula, R., “Meeting the Needs of Diverse Family Caregivers,” (Washington DC, AARP Insight on the Issues 69, September 2012).
S. Reinhard, L. Feinberg, R. Choula, and A. Houser, “Valuing the Invaluable 2015 Update: Undeniable Progress, but Big Gaps Remain,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2015.