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...WHYY to conduct both on and off-air community outreach in conjunction with documentary ...

AND THOU SHALT HONOR, a groundbreaking two-hour documentary examining long-term caregiving in America, will be broadcast on Wednesday, October 9 at 9 p.m. on WHYY-TV12 and will be rebroadcast on Sunday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m. Hosted by award-winning actor Joe Mantegna, the program features inspiring stories of people across the United States, who each candidly share the trials and triumphs involved with being a family caregiver. Doctors and professional caregivers also discuss grassroots projects that support caregivers and the efforts that are underway to enact national legislation on the issues of caregiving.

WHYY will extend the impact of AND THOU SHALT HONOR both on and off-air through its Wider Horizons service. Working with its Caring Community, a volunteer coalition comprised of experts from more than 60 local and national organizations, including academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and health care systems, WHYY is launching an extensive outreach effort to address the issues of family caregiving in the Delaware Valley.

In a special radio companion program to AND THOU SHALT HONOR, Dr. Dan Gottlieb will discuss issues affecting caregivers and their families with experts in the field on WHYY-FM's Voices in the Family on Monday, October 7 at noon and Sunday, October 13 at 6 a.m. on 91FM. Listeners will be able to call in with their questions and perspectives. For more information about the broadcast, visit www.whyy.org/voices.

WHYY is also providing family caregivers with a "virtual toolbox" at www.widerhorizons.org. Resources will include archived material from past Wider Horizons events (including the forum "Living with Grief: Caregiving and Loss," which focused on ways professionals can more effectively assist family caregivers), video and audio clips, announcements about upcoming community events, and links to the Web sites of WHYY's Caring Community and local support services and discussion groups. A printed list of caregiver resources may be requested by calling (215) 351-2095 or by sending an e-mail to widerhorizons@whyy.org.

In addition, WHYY is joining forces with the National Family Caregivers Association as a media partner to webcast six national town meetings, titled "Strengthening Families and Communities for Caregiving." WHYY will host the Philadelphia meeting at its Technology Center in November. These meetings will educate and empower family caregivers and initiate a dialogue about caregiving issues among policy makers, political leaders, health care providers and the caregivers themselves.

WHYY and the Caring Community recently received a grant from Sound Partners for Community Health, a national project of the Benton Foundation funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to collaborate on the production of first-person television programs about the issues faced by caregivers of the chronically ill in the region, each told from a different cultural and socioeconomic point of view, to air on TV12 next year. WHYY will also produce several shorter segments that provide caregivers with resources, practical solutions and ideas for healing through the arts and humanities.

"WHYY is honored to be one of six public television stations selected nationally to receive this grant," says Willo Carey, Executive Director of Wider Horizons. "It gives us the opportunity to expand our efforts to address issues of family caregiving, which is a focus of our partnership with Caring Community."

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