As the Director of Caregiving Projects with the AARP Public Policy Institute, Rita Choula leads and provides content expertise on internal and external family caregiving initiatives. Bridging policy to practice, much of her work focuses on identifying and supporting the needs of multicultural family caregivers through a multi-disciplinary approach that elevates the diversity of family caregiving experiences.
In collaboration with clinical experts and key stakeholders, Rita develops programs and tools that enable health care professionals to better recognize and support family caregivers across settings. Through the Home Alone Alliance, she leads the development and production of easily-accessible “How-To” videos that provide family caregivers with the technical information and guidance necessary to perform complex medical/nursing tasks. Rita also manages a grant-funded initiative focused on elevating the recognition and support of family caregivers providing complex care by health care providers, particularly those in hospitals and larger health system, through the identification of promising practices within these settings.
Rita has a background in corporate research in the health and information technology sectors. She served in the education field as the Assistant Principal of a parochial school for several years. Rita holds a Master’s degree in the Management of Aging Services from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Based in Maryland, Rita is a wife, proud mother of two young children, and family caregiver for her own mother.