“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” (Rosalyn Carter)
We celebrate caregivers.
We listen to and learn from caregivers.
We champion the caregivers and offer wisdom and guidance in our new podcast CARE to LISTEN…..we hope you will join us.
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Care To Listen's Author Biography:
The Reverend Sally Jo SnyderThe Reverend Sally Jo Snyder is Sally Jo is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church having been ordained 28 years. Her role is as a trust point and a connector for communities in the inner city, suburbia and small-town settings. For the first ten years of her ministry, Sally Jo was pastor to congregations and communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania, New Castle, and Erie. For the last eighteen years, she has been in extension ministry settings working around issues of public education, children, the impoverished, seniors and persons with disabilities.
Snyder has lead advocacy work on local, regional, state and national levels. Most recently as a director of advocacy for the Consumer Health Coalition, she led the Southwestern PA advocacy effort for Medicaid Expansion involving the impoverished, caregivers, college students and faith communities. She built and lead a base of consumers with cross-disabilities and established chapters in Allegheny and Washington counties.
She worked with persons living with behavioral health concerns and launched and directed the “Human Library Project” which educated persons to tell their personal stories of living with mental illness and to educate and dialogue with the shared community in efforts to stop stigma and create understanding and support.
Along with grassroots advocacy with “those closest to the pain” and their family members and allies, Snyder is a regular lecturer for the Duquesne University Health Sciences program, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Social Work and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where she teaches on involving, listening to and learning from the consumer voice. She has taught for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Salk Fellows, Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative and Caregiver Champions.
Reverend Snyder is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities and chairs the committee’s Health Workgroup. A gifted and talented communicator of the spoken and written word, Sally Jo is a published author and impassioned speaker. She has done work in announcing and radio and teaches story-telling to persons who are often never asked to share their story and labeled by society and disenfranchised.
Sally Jo enjoys movies, reading, and hiking. She is a proud Pittsburgh Pirates fan, a life-long member of “Steelers Nation,” thinks Dr. Seuss is one of the great theologians of the 20th Century and that Mister Rogers should be nominated for sainthood.
Sally Jo believes that community is all of us.
This project was made possible via a grant from the National Library of Medicine