WRITER: MEGHAN NEARY
CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 2, 2001
Teleconference to help caregivers who deal with grief, loss
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Helping others cope with loss and experiencing grief
directly can be difficult for family caregivers. Local health professionals
and caregivers who wish to learn more about dealing with grief may participate
in the Hospice Foundation of America's Eighth Annual Living With Grief Teleconference
to be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 18.
"Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs, Professional Responses," a
live-via-satellite teleconference, will be broadcast to three Iowa City locations.
ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts will moderate a panel discussion on how
medical professionals can better serve and educate family caregivers. Panelists
also will talk about strategies for caregivers to handle the stress of working
closely with grief. The local sponsors are the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive
Cancer Center, Hospice of Iowa City, Mercy Hospital Iowa City, and the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City.
To reserve a place at the teleconference, call Mercy On Call by Friday,
April 13 at (800) 358-2767 or (319) 358-2767. This event is free, and pre-registration
is encouraged. Registration at the door will be allowed as space permits at
each site. Medical professionals may earn continuing education units or continuing
medical education credits. All participants will receive a complimentary copy
of the teleconference companion book on living with grief.
The three sites for the teleconference are the Braley Auditorium in the
Pomerantz Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics; the McAuley Room in the
Mercy Medical Plaza; and conference room 3W19B at the Veterans Affairs Medical
The panelists who will join Cokie Roberts for the teleconference are Kenneth
J. Doka, Lutheran minister and professor of gerontology at the College of
New Rochelle and senior consultant to Hospice Foundation of America; Bernice
Catherine Harper, medical care advisor of the Health Care Financing Administration;
Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project of the United
Hospital Fund in New York and the Orphan Project: Families and Children in
the HIV Epidemic; Susan Reinhard, executive director of the Center for Medicare
Education, Institute for the Future of Aging Services in Washington, D.C.;
and Myrl Weinberg, president of the National Health Council.
The teleconference also will feature a special message from former First
Lady Rosalynn Carter.
The Hospice Foundation of America will present this teleconference in cooperation
with the Compassionate Friends and the Association for Death Education and
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.