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Chronic Care Breakfast Forum

Fred Friendly Seminars and WEDU Channel 3 hosted a chronic care breakfast forum to bring together health care providers, insurance representatives, businesses, community organizations, elected officials, students, caregivers, and people who live with chronic illness every day. Focusing specifically on the needs of the Tampa community and moderated by health care reporter Irene Maher, we used the "WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America" program as a catalyst for an important conversation about how to better support people with chronic health conditions and those who care for them.

Our forum attracted 60 participants from the community who were engaged in an active dialogue about the challenges posed by chronic illness and caregiving in Tampa. Please visit www.pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/index.html to read an article written about our event in the St. Petersburg Times.


Business Roundtable Luncheon

Fred Friendly Seminars, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and WEDU Channel 3 hosted a luncheon and business roundtable discussion for Chamber members about the impact of chronic illness and caregiving on the workplace.

The Tampa business community has increasing numbers of employees with chronic health conditions. Our discussion explored ways in which employers can better support workers with chronic health conditions and how to overcome obstacles in the workplace that prevent chronically-ill individuals and caregivers from being as productive as possible.


Student Journalist/Patient Exchange

Fred Friendly Seminars worked with journalism students from Orange Grove Middle Magnet School for the Arts to conduct interviews with chronically ill patients, their families and nurses and doctors at Shriner's Hospital for Children.

The students attended the chronic care breakfast forum, followed by a briefing from health care reporter Irene Maher on the topic of health care journalism. The students were then assigned to write follow-up stories for their school newspapers, school television program and the Tampa media.

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