Day In, Day Out: The Struggle to Advance Chronic Care


Hartford, CT, 2000

WNPR Connecticut Public Radio and the Yale School of Nursing (YSN) collaborated on a series of news features that explored the quality of life for elderly people with chronic illness and their families. It told the stories of real people, whose stories are not often represented in the media.

Twelve long-form stories, over the course of a year, covered such topics as a health promotion program for women with chemotherapy-induced menopause, an education and diet program to help African-American women control diabetes, a program designed to help the elderly quit smoking, and more—all available on the project Web site.

The partnership also jointly sponsored health promotion activities like nutritional teach-ins and diabetes screenings. The first of these, in a predominantly African-American community, brought out many residents who needed treatment for diabetes, but didn't think there was anything they could do about it. These outreach programs were the first of their kind for YSN. To publicize this effort, WNPR distributed a PSA which aired on a dozen New Haven area stations serving the target community.

Future plans are to distribute the modular series and a 1-hour documentary to other interested public radio stations, building on WNPR's past success in reaching a national audience with news reports.

The partners hope this project will affect their listeners and state policymakers—changing attitudes about chronic illness, the elderly, underserved communities, and the profession of nursing.


Contact Information

Day In, Day Out: The Struggle to Advance Chronic Care
John Dankosky, News Director
Tel: 860-278-5310 x1301

Yale University School of Nursing


Awards:

WNPR Round Two
2000 Gracie Allen Award — American Women in Radio and Television
2001 Gracie Allen Award — American Women in Radio and Television
First Place, In-Depth Coverage Award — Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists