Challenges and Rewards of Creating a Caregiving Website for New London, Connecticut

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Published in the 2017 issue of Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, an Open Access journal published by the University of Miami.

link: https://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/collaborations/vol1/iss1/10/


This paper addresses the successes and challenges of our community-engaged learning experience on long- term caregiving for Hispanics in New London, Connecticut. Our earlier research revealed lack of accessible

information for caregivers in this community. Accordingly, we developed a website in a culturally and linguistically competent format to help alleviate such information shortage. Before launching the website, we used focus groups for constructive feedback to enhance its helpfulness. This four-year long research project will culminate with the website activation and another partnership between Connecticut College and community organizations. We recognize the importance of collaborating with community partners to manage and ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of this project. The absence of sufficient resources supporting Hispanic families caring for their aging loved ones makes it increasingly necessary that public policy changes, such as the creation of a case management office, improve the well-being of aging minorities and underserved families.



The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.