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WHO CARES: CHRONIC ILLNESS IN AMERICA, A PBS Broadcast by Fred Friendly Seminars

UCP Joins National Outreach Campaign

Who Cares Logo with Heart PulseChronic illness is at the heart of America’s high-cost, high-stress, health care crisis. Whether the chronic condition is asthma, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s or other long-term disease, people coping with chronic conditions confront similar problems – too little care, too little support, too high a cost and too much struggle with a health care system not designed to meet their needs.

Over the next 20 years, the number of Americans with chronic conditions is expected to increase from 125 million to 157 million. Direct medical costs will double to more than $1 trillion – 80 percent of our nation’s health care spending.

The upcoming program WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America brings together a diverse panel of doctors, patients, caregivers and concerned citizens who get to the heart of these issues. Moderated by award-winning journalist John Hockenberry, WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America explores the challenging scenarios that are playing out in homes and hospitals every day among health care professionals and families coping with chronic illness.

WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America, airing on PBS this fall, is a catalyst for an important national conversation about how to better support people with chronic conditions and those who care for and about them. The focus on chronic care in America must include finding ways to ease the financial and emotional burdens on family caregivers, and allow them to balance caregiving responsibilities with work and other important aspects of their own lives.

The time has come to find new solutions.

UCP is proud to be a community outreach partner for the PBS – Fred Friendly Seminars across the United States. Several UCP affiliates will be working on community programs being planned to help to focus on specific community needs and will engage local leaders, policymakers and the media on the challenges posed by chronic illness. Planning is underway in Tampa, Chicago, Portland and Pittsburgh, for intensive "Community Day" events.

Please check your local listings for the PBS – Fred Friendly Seminars in your market.

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