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June 2016 Webinar

Creating Greater Family Resilience to Better Support Our Patients

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST

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With an aging U.S. population and a rising incidence of chronic illnesses, family caregivers are playing an increasingly essential role as the front-line troops of American healthcare. Yet our patient-centric hospital and outpatient systems and ambivalent provider attitudes often seem to marginalize family members. In this webinar, Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D.--Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency and co-author of the forthcoming 
AARP Meditations for Caregivers--and Hyun Hong, DO--family physician and currently a Leadership Preventive Medicine Resident at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center & Concord Hospital--will provide a brief history of the family caregiving movement, identify systemic barriers to including family members on the integrated care team, and describe one microsystem's innovative approach to supporting the patient-caregiver dyad as the most effective unit of care.


Our Speakers: 

Barry Jacobs, Psy.D.


Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist, family therapist and the co-author (with his wife, Julia Mayer, Psy.D.) of the book, AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family (Da Capo Press, July 2016). His first book, The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent (Guilford, 2006), was named the best book on family caregiving by the popular Ask Amy syndicated newspaper column.  

As a clinician, he specializes in helping families cope with serious and chronic medical illnesses.  As an educator, he works as the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, PA and has had adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He is the national spokesperson on family caregiving for the American Heart Association and a member of the AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel.  He was a member of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Caregiving that produced the Caregiver Briefcase website.  

A former journalist, he writes a monthly column on family caregiving for and was the long-time editor of the “In Sickness & Health” column for the APA journal Families, Systems & Health.  He is a past board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national organization dedicated to the integration of physical and mental healthcare, and contributes frequently to its “Families and Health” blog.   He is also an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association and was on the expert panel for the Caregiving Crisis Great Challenge for  

Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann/Widener Universities.  He lives with his wife and two children in Swarthmore, PA.  He maintains a website—


Hyun Hong, DO

Hyunouk Hong, D.O. is currently a Leadership Preventive Medicine (LPM) resident and Paul Ambrose Fellow at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Concord Hospital. He completed his clinical training at the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Program in Concord Hospital. Dr. Hong is a family physician in the Frail Elder House Call Program, providing primary care services to homebound seniors in the community. His LPM practicum aims to identify, acknowledge, and provide support for family caregivers, that are faced with the mounting challenges of caring for their loved ones, while simultaneously maintaining their own health.  

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Hong enjoys facilitating the integration, coordination, and collaboration across health and social services organizations. As a medical student at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, he co-founded Project REACH (Revitalizing Education & Advancing Camden’s Health) with support from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and AAMC’s Caring for Community 4-year Grant. REACH was recognized locally and nationally for its innovative, multifaceted approach to providing preventive health education in the public school system and facilitating youth-led community outreach projects in Camden, New Jersey. 

Dr. Hong is a current NH AARP Senior Leadership Series Participant and serves on the advisory board for University of New Hampshire’s Center for Aging and Community Living. He lives with his wife and daughter in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

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