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Caring Community

To enhance end-of-life and caregiver outreach through educational programming and supportive services — especially through multimedia including radio, television and the Web.

Caring Community is a volunteer coalition convened by WHYY, comprised of more than 100 partners representing nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, faith-based organizations and health care systems in the region. The collaborative effort evolved from WHYY's work with community outreach around the national broadcast of Bill Moyers' series On Our Own Terms, which started a national conversation about end-of-life issues.

Caring Community provides a much-needed forum for professionals and the public to explore issues related to end-of-life care, with special attention to the needs of caregivers. Outreach efforts include workshops, symposia, information and referral services, web-based resources, and audio and video programming. The unique partnering of a public broadcasting station with the coalition provides access to innovative technology to reach greater numbers of people in creative ways.


Wider Horizons and Caring Community were awarded the 2005 Community Partnership Award by the National Center for Outreach. The award honors a PBS station and a local community organization for their sustainable and outstanding partnership, whose collaborative contributions and efforts exceed goals and expectations that impact the community.

WHYY and Caring Community received two major grants from Sound Partners for Community Health, a national project of the Benton Foundation, funded by The RobertWood Johnson Foundation to produce Circle of Love and Circle of Care.

The coalition's community-based outreach includes a collaboration in 2001 with The Philadelphia Inquirer, which carried the 15-part Knight-Ridder series Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America with sidebars of related resources complied by Caring Community and a four-part Community Voices series, Death and Dying.

In 2002, Wider Horizons was the media partner for the National Family Caregivers Association and webcast a series of town meetings across the country, with guidance in coalition-building for each region provided by Caring Community.

WHYY and Caring Community were selected together as one of four projects nationwide by Last Acts, a national coalition to improve care and caring near the end of life, for its Model Programs Project.

Caring Community Partners


Abington Memorial Health Center & Muller Center for Senior Health

Madlyn & Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network

ALS Association - Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Alzheimer's Association of the Delaware Valley

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation

Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Parish Nurse Program and Catholic Social Services

American Red Cross - Southeastern PA Chapter

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Ann's Choice

Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Parish Nurse Program and Catholic Social Services

Asian Public Radio

Association of Comfort Ministries

Bucks County Area Agency on Aging

Cancer Care Connection

Capital Health System

CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights and  Interests of the Elderly)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Philadelphia Regional Office

Chandler Hall Health Services Inc.

Children of Aging Parents (CAPS)

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia

ChristianaCare Health System

College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Community Care of the Northeast

Compassionate Care Hospice

Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living

Cooper Health System

Crozer-Keystone Health System

Delaware County Office of Services to the Aging

Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities

Delaware End-of-Life Coalition

Doylestown Hospital Hospice

Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions

Einstein Center for Urban Health Policy and Research

ElderCare Ethics Association

Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University

Elwyn, Inc.

EPILOGUE: Bereavement Support Groups and Conversations for the End of Life

Episcopal Community Services

Ethos Consulting Group LLC

Exceptional Care for Children

The Family & Workplace Connection

The Family Support Center of New Jersey

Free Library of Philadelphia

Friends Hospital

Gilda's Club of South Jersey

Greater Philadelphia Faith in Action

Griswold Special Care

Healing Arts Coalition

Healthy Living Associates

Holy Redeemer Health System

Home Care Associates

Horizons Unlimited

The Hospice of Moorestown VNA

Hospice Pharmacia

Jefferson Health System's Hospice and Palliative Care, The Home Care Network and Senior Health Institute, Center for Integrative Medicine

Jewish Employment and Vocational Service

Jewish Family and Children's Service

Keystone Hospice

Last Acts

Lighthouse Hospice

Main Street Technology, Inc.

Mainline Healthcare Advisors

Mayor's Commission on Services to the Aging, City of Philadelphia

Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA

Montgomery County Office of Aging and Adult Services

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse

National Nursing Center Consortium

Neighborhood Hospice/NVNA

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

NewCourtland Elder Services

Northwest Interfaith Movement

Northwestern Human Services

Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Peter's Place

Philadelphia International Children's Festival

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Precious Gems Counseling & Support Services, Inc.

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

St. John's Hospice

St. Mary Medical Center

Samaritan Hospice

Sisters of IHM, Villa Maria House of Studies

South Jersey Partnership on Living with Dying

Taylor Hospice

Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning

Temple University Institute on Aging

Thomas Jefferson University Hospice and Palliative Care

Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Health Professions, Community Homecare and Research Division (CHORD)

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania

University of Delaware

University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging and Division of Geriatric Medicine

University of Pennsylvania Penn Home Care & Hospice Services

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service, Region III

Virtua Health


VNA Community Services, Inc.

VNA of Greater Philadelphia


The Wellness Community of Philadelphia

West Chester University Department of Nursing


Wissahickon Hospice