Fri, Sep 25 | Settlemyer Family Hall

Palliative Care Across Cultures

WWU Palliative Care Institute Conference.
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Palliative Care Across Cultures

Time & Location

Sep 25, 2020, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Settlemyer Family Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA

About the Event


Palliative Care Across Cultures

       Dying is a deeply personal process. Personal values, goals, and       experiences of a lifetime come to the forefront during serious illness or       the end of life and may be shaped to some degree by the religious and       cultural identity of the patient and family. When patients are part of a       faith-based, religious, or cultural minority group, the clinical care       team often faces challenges as they seek to gain the understanding and       insights needed to reconcile disparities between majority and minority       values.  

      As we are faced with the daunting statistics of the COVID-19 death count       in the US, we can also see the ways that systematic and embedded racism       in health care access plays out in very real and troubling ways.  

      The Palliative Care Institute Spring Conference will feature keynote       speakers and breakout sessions and some complicated case studies to       illustrate how our cultural identities and belief systems influence how       we interact and engage with the patients and families we serve, and also       examine how these elements impact family decision making when facing       serious illness or death or after death care.  

      Together we will investigate how the medical model’s “culture” can       impact how patients and families make medical decisions at the       end-of-life, explore the importance of understanding and respecting       culture at the end-of-life, examine ways that inequity impacts       palliative care patients and learn how to promote health equity on our       teams or at the institutional level.  

      Pencil this conference in on your calendar.  We’ll reach out in July       with registration information, assuming that we have the go-ahead for       public gatherings. 

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