Evaluating the Caregiving Needs of Our Community

UVA Family Support Collab


Appreciating the value of each UVA employee and understanding additional caregiving challenges highlighted by COVID, UVA established the Family Support Collab in June 2021. Bringing together a cross-functional group with experience and insight into caregiving needs and resources, the Family Support Collab aims to better understand and evaluate the needs, challenges, and resources involved in employees’ caregiving needs. Within the next year, the group will:

  • Identify the caregiver priorities which must be addressed
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of existing dependent care benefits offered to UVA Medical Center team members, and UVA faculty, and staff
  • Identify areas of potential improvement
  • Provide recommendations to ensure UVA continues to meet the needs of employees

Resources to Explore

Understanding that, as individuals, every employee has unique needs, the Family Support Collab also aims to raise awareness on an ongoing basis for a variety of caregiving support resources. The resources listed below may be of interest to you or a colleague:

  1. Parent Connection Tool: foster connections with parents or guardians of children of similar ages and situational needs.
  2. Madison House Tutoring: Virtual tutoring & support for those who qualify, prioritizing lower income families.
  3. Bright Horizons Back-Up Care: in-home or facility-based care to meet your unique needs.
  4. Sitter City: find short-term and ongoing care options for children, elders, and pets.
  5. Hoos Sitting: a network connecting UVA students to families in the Charlottesville area looking for childcare.

Learn More About the Family Support Collab

To learn more about the Family Support Collab, please review our charter

Collab Members

  • Current Collab Participants Include:

    • Michael Latsko, Executive Sponsor
    • Maite Brandt-Pearce, Executive Sponsor
    • Tish Jennings, EHD and Faculty Development
    • Nic Miceli, Functional Lead and UV AHR Benefits Admin
    • Merica Shepherd, UVA HR Total Rewards
    • Rebecca Gristina, UVA HR Benefits Administration
    • Beth Danehy, FEAP
    • Matt Banfield, Provost’s Office
    • Genevieve Brackins, Women’s Center
    • Opening, Facilities Management
    • Diane Farineau, Housestaff
    • Diane Farineau, Women’s Leadership Council
    • Dr. Susan Pollart, Dr. Ann Kellams, and Dr. Andrea Garrod (shared), Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development
    • Opening, Medical Center
    • Dr. Bradley Kesser, Faculty Senate
    • Adam Richard, Staff Senate