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UTAH COALITION FOR CAREGIVER SUPPORT A group of professionals and advocates who have a common interest in issues relating to caregiving began to loosely gather in the Spring of 2002, recognizing that there was no formal mechanism for information, resources, or support for Utah’s caregivers. This diverse group became more structured and organized by the Fall of 2002 and officially declared itself as the first statewide coalition for caregiver support. The genesis of the group revolved around issues of caregivers for older individuals. The Coalition has broadened its mission and purpose to include caregivers of individuals across the lifespan whether the carereceiver is aging, has a disability, chronic illness, or other special needs.


WHAT A STATEWIDE COALITION FOR CAREGIVER SUPPORT CAN DO: Provide advocacy, information, education, community awareness, and networking of the nonprofit sector. Provide more information and ways of disseminating information. Respond to community needs and provide for needs of caregivers now and in the future. Improve public and private nonprofit collaboration. Consolidate and share information. Minimize overlapping services from agencies with common missions. Assist caregivers statewide, including regionally, culturally, and ethnically diverse areas. Ease the burden of referring. Improve service delivery. Reduce barriers to service. Provide a forum to exchange issues and information. Develop and share advocacy campaigns. Create a mechanism for easy access to resources. Strengthen and unite existing resources, information, and people. Promote awareness of caregiving and its challenges.


For more information about the Utah Coalition for Caregiver Support, and to


access the valuable information available from the Coalition, visit the website at: http://www.caregiver.utah.gov/index.htm


GOVERNOR GARY R.HERBERT DECLAREDNOVEMBER 2010 TO BE FAMILY CAREGIVER AWARENESS MONTH.


THE PROCLAMATION FROMTHE GOVERNOR FOLLOWS.


Special thanks to Sonnie Yudell and the caregiver resources created for UCares and the Utah


Coalition for Caregiver Support. Sections of information in this publication were used with


permission or adapted for use with caregivers of children with disabilities and special needs. For more information on the Coalition visit http://www.caregiver.utah.gov/index.htm


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