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About the Family Care Task Force

Providing faculty, staff, and learners with resources and support as we navigate the current and future state
of balancing family care and work demands during COVID-19.

These are unprecedented times at work and at home. We are committed to supporting you through your family care journey.

In July, Ann Arbor Public School announced that when classes resume at the end of August, they will be fully virtual. We know that for many of our faculty, staff, and learners with school-aged dependents, the idea of navigating a fully-virtual fall is overwhelming and stressful. We have heard from individuals across our Michigan Medicine community that balancing home and work is going to be incredibly challenging. We have heard your concerns, and we are committed to supporting you through this unprecedented journey.

To this end, we have launched a Family Care Task Force to work together to identify existing and develop new solutions to these unique challenges. Over the next few weeks, the task force will work together on behalf of the entire organization to:

  • Identify and evaluate the current state of both U-M and community family care resources and their accessibility and availability to our faculty, staff, and learners;

  • Benchmark with local healthcare organizations as well as AAMC peers regarding family care offerings;

  • Identify the key issues and barriers impacting accessibility and availability of family care for our faculty, staff, and learners; and

  • Propose potential solutions and the resourcing needed to meet identified needs.

(September 7, 2020) Many school systems, including Ann Arbor, have opened this week fully virtual. Daycare centers for pre-school aged children remain limited in the number of children they can enroll. Support programs for teens and adults with special needs remain closed. COVID is spreading more quickly in elder care facilities than in the general population. We know that for many of our faculty, staff and learners, this is an overwhelming and stressful time. Many individuals from across the Michigan Medicine community have shred that balancing home and work is incredibly challenging, whether you have returned to work in person or continue to work from home. We have heard your concerns and are committed to supporting you through this unprecedented journey.

Updates on the work we've done.

Family Care Resources
The task force has assembled a robust list of family care resources for your reference and use. These resources define family care broadly, including school-aged care, elderly care, and special needs care. We will continue to add to this list in real-time. If you have suggestions of resources to include on this list, please send them to familycaretaskforce@umich.edu.

Family Care Focus Groups
The task force conducted focus groups during the month of August to better-understand our community’s family care needs. Based upon the input of these groups, the task force continues to work diligently to identify and develop additional family care resources, with the goal of making it easier for individuals across Michigan Medicine to balance work and home demands.

Family Care Needs and Work Adjustments Planning Tool
For some of our colleagues, meeting the unique demands of home may require temporary adjustments to their work arrangements, such as schedule changes or effort reductions. To help departments and units plan for these changes, the task force conducted a “Family Care Needs and Work Adjustments Planning Tool”. Departments and units were encouraged to distribute this survey locally and use the data to inform decision-making and address any potential impact to mission operations.

Updates on our solutions.

Contact the Family Care Task Force.

If you have suggestions of resources to include on our resource list, or any feedback regarding these efforts, please send them to: familycaretaskforce@umich.edu.

You can also submit suggestions anonymously via
this feedback form.