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Mark Schweiker goes online at the Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy teleconference at WHYY.



Most of us will be a caregiver or will be cared for in our lifetime.


WHYY’s Caring Community Coalition

WHYY’s Caring Community, comprised of more than 80 local organizations and institutions, inspires partnerships and engages communities to promote programs and provide supportive services. For the third year, Caring Community hosted an all-day WHYY Wider Horizons Forum around the Hospice Foundation of America’s annual Living with Grief teleconference, Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy. Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Schweiker recalled his experiences as former Pennsylvania Governor during public disasters. The entire forum, including the teleconference moderated by Cokie Roberts, was Webcast live with an interactive chat.

Caring Community has become a resource for local media and provides referrals to experts on a range of topics. It has also become a collaborative home for other community-based initiatives, such as the regional effort of The Hospice Veterans Partnership, a national program of the Veterans Affairs Hospice and Palliative Care Initiative.
In the coming year, WHYY’s Wider Horizons and Caring Community will launch a comprehensive, community-based campaign around family caregiving and chronic illness. Thanks to a grant from Sound Partners for Community Health, WHYY will put cameras in the hands of family caregivers. The result will be three, innovative, half-hour documentaries and short segments. These promise to have great impact on baby boomers, who will become caregivers to a parent, relative or elderly friend over the next ten years, and on seniors, who will face the burden of caring for a chronically ill spouse.


WHYY's Caring Community Coalition increased its membership from 50 to 84 groups, a 68% increase over last year.  


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