Community Education

Our Community Education programs facilitate constructive conversations in the community about serious illness, caregiving challenges, end-of-life and grief. 

CaringMatters strives to develop community knowledge and skills around serious illness, caregiving challenges, end-of-life and grief-related topics that can be applied to daily life. Our meaningful educational events and discussions help build a caring and compassionate community.

For information on Community Education, please contact

Leigh Bluestein, or 301-990-7927

Thank you to our Community Education funding partner

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Upcoming - FREE Webinar

Caregiver Stress in Asian American Communities

Thursday, November 3, 2022 10:30 am -11:30 am

Presenter: Phoebe Shih, LCSW-C, Asian American Health Initiative

Approximately 41% of the state of Maryland’s Asian American population resides in Montgomery County. In Montgomery County, Asian Americans comprise of about 15% of the County’s overall population. A little over 27% of Asian Americans in Montgomery County are 55 years of age and above. Given the large percentage of Asian American older adults, it is important to understand the needs of Asian American older adults and their caregivers. Due to cultural norms , caregivers’ stress in Asian American communities is more complicated. Lack of resources and support for Asian American caregivers adds to the stress and burnout. Please join us for a discussion about this topic and learn how to support Asian American caregivers.

Learning objectives:
1. Brief information about the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), MCDHHS
2. Local Asian American population demographics
3. Cultural expectations around caregiving in Asian American communities
4. Risk of stress and burnout among Asian American caregivers
5. Best practice in supporting Asian American caregivers
6. Additional reading and resources


Phoebe Shih, LCSW-C

Senior Wellness Coordinator

Asian American Health Initiative

Phoebe Shih grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and came to the US to pursue Master of Social Work degree at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri after graduated from college. Through her career, Phoebe has been working with diverse populations including refugees sponsored by the United Nations from 1987 to 1992. In addition, Phoebe was a psychiatric social worker at an in-patient psychiatric hospital in Chicago for years before relocating to Montgomery County.


Phoebe is a licensed certified social worker, clinical level in the State of Maryland. She currently is the senior wellness coordinator at Asian American Health Initiative(AAHI), part of Department of Health and Human Services Montgomery County. Prior to joining AAHI, Phoebe was a social worker for Adult Foster Care Program for over 5 years at Aging and Disabilities, DHHS Montgomery County. Before Adult Foster Care Program, Phoebe was a social worker for Child Welfare Services, DHHS Montgomery County for 16 years.

Past Community Education Presentations Include:

  • Webinar - Providing Inclusive and Affirming Care for the LGBTQ+ Community

  • Webinar - Caring for the Caregiver

  • Webinar - The End-of-Life Doulas: A Collaborative Approach to End-of-Life Care

  • Webinar - Grief Support for the Black Community: Understanding the Culture of Trauma and Developing an Empathy-Driven Mindset

  • Webinar: Grief: Support for Yourself and Those You Care About

  • Webinar - Grief in the Workplace: Guidance for Employees and Employers

  • Webinar - ​Voice Your Choice: Preparing for Health Care Emergencies

  • Webinar - Speaking Grief Film Discussion

  • Webinar - LGBTQ+ Seriously Ill Seniors: Opportunities for Better Care

  • Webinar - Grief and Self-Care in the Time of COVID-19

  • Webinar - Supporting Grieving Students After a Death: How We Can Help Them Build Resilience in a Time of Physical Distancing

  • Navigating Transitions for Your Loved One's Care

  • Nine To Ninety Film Screening & Discussion

  • Caregivers' Toolkit: Community Resources for Patients & Families Facing Serious Illness

  • Voices of Grief Film Screening & Discussion

  • Managing Grief in the Age of 24-Hour News & Social Media