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5th Annual William S. Perper Healthy Community Partnership National Symposium

On November 2, 2016 more than 200 family caregivers, health professionals, faith leaders and community members gathered for the 5th Annual William S. Perper Symposium. This year’s theme, “Faith in Action: Caregiving in the Community,” celebrated the power of family caregiving and helped participants understand the role of spirituality in caring for loved ones. During the morning session, clergy from several faith traditions shared how their faith and sacred scripture influences the caregiving they offer, including Rabbi Dana Saroken, Beth-El Congregation; Bishop Denis Madden, Archdiocese of Baltimore; Rev. Donte Hickman, Sr., Southern Baptist Church; Imam Hassan A. Amin, Muslim Social Services Agency; Rev. Paula Teague, Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, Johns Hopkins Health System; and Rev. Gregory Johnson, Senior Advisor for Family Caregiving, Emblem Health.

In addition to learning about faith and caregiving, conference participants obtained the latest information about caregiving programs and health-related services from 25 government, community, social service and health-care agencies. These partners work in collaboration with Called to Care to provide family caregivers with the resources they need to take care of themselves and their loved ones. 

Overall, the symposium received rave reviews. In an evaluation, one attendee commented, “Excellent presentations. Extraordinary speakers. A wealth of information. Very well-organized. This event was truly faith in action.”

Another said, “The symposium is nothing short of eye opening. The basics of loving each other, caregiving and helping the needy are what life is about.”

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