December Message from Greg Johnson

Dear Friends, Fellow Family Caregivers and Readers,

HAPPY, JOYOUS AND BLESSED HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS! This year ended with a series of wonderful awards…which we wish to share with you. Happy 2015 from EmblemHealth’s sponsored NYCP4FC Corps…Greg and Co-Chairs.

We are pleased to share with you honors we received in October for accomplishments and leadership in the area of family caregiving.

Onward,

Greg

EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver initiative was honored twice in October for accomplishments and leadership in the area of family caregiving. Greg Johnson, creator of the program and Director of Community Outreach, expressed his gratitude for the successes he and the initiative have achieved.

Greg was honored for his work with EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver initiative and EmblemHealth’s New York City Partnership for Family Caregiving Corps at the annual Friends In Deed gala on October 6. Friends In Deed is a crisis center that provides emotional and spiritual support for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening physical illnesses completely free of charge.

On October 15, Greg traveled to Albany to give the keynote address at the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC) conference, where EmblemHealth was recognized with the Hero award for the strength of our Care for the Family Caregiver initiative. Typically, this honor is awarded to an individual caregiver or professional for their exemplary work caring for others or supporting caregivers in the community. However, in character with this year’s conference theme of “The Working Caregiver,” it was decided that the Hero award would recognize a corporation. “Being given the joy of accepting this award on behalf of EmblemHealth gave me the platform to express my gratitude for EmblemHealth’s national and international leadership of this vital health care issue that unites us all,” said Greg.

Care for the Family Caregiver offers information, resources and support that caregivers need in order to avoid becoming care recipients. To find out more about our initiative, please visit our website.