|Pittsburgh Community Events
Chronic Disease Resource Brochure
Fred Friendly Seminars, WQED Channel 13 , and the Allegheny County Health Department, in partnership with many local agencies, worked to produce and promote a compilation of chronic disease-related resources to educate the community about local organizations, services and resources available to individuals coping with chronic health conditions and those who care for them.
The Chronic Care Prevention Advisory Board of the Allegheny County Health Department met at WQED studios on November 8 to view highlights from "WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America" and explore ways to work together to promote the chronic disease brochure and raise awareness of chronic illness and caregiving issues throughout the county.
To obtain a copy of the brochure, which will be available in January 2002, please call the Allegheny County Health Department at 412-247-7800.
United Methodist Retirement Community Event
Fred Friendly Seminars partnered with United Methodist Retirement Community in Meadville, Pennsylvania to host a symposium on Wednesday, November 7 for families and caregivers about stress and the importance of caregivers caring for themselves. The "WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America" program served as a catalyst for an important conversation about how to better support people with chronic health conditions and those who care for them.
Dr. Jack Bailey, a member of the American Geriatrics Society - a "WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America" National Outreach Partner - made remarks at the event.
Interfaith Caregivers Partnership
Fred Friendly Seminars worked with Interfaith Caregivers Partnership to reach out to local churches to help spread the word about "WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America." By distributing fliers, discussion guides and brochures, and by including broadcast information in church bulletins, we raised awareness of the chronic care issue and the availability of local resources among religious communities in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Symposium
Fred Friendly Seminars worked with the Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center to distribute "WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America" fliers, brochures and discussion guides at a November 13 event in support of their partnership with the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program.
Goals of the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows program were:
- To address the important unmet needs of underserved individuals and communities in urban and rural areas of the U.S.
- To influence the professional development of students of medicine, nursing, public health, social work, law, dentistry, occupational and physical therapy, and other health-related professional in activities that strengthen commitment to service and community.
- To alter the culture of health professions schools in the direction of more meaningful cooperation with the surrounding local communities to improve health.
- To create a group of alumni who are committed to community service throughout their professional lives and who will be able to support, assist and mentor other fellows.