Caring Connections at the University of Utah College of Nursing to Host Hospice Foundation of America's 16th Annual Living With Grief Teleconference

Caring Connections at the University of Utah College of Nursing to Host Hospice Foundation of America's 16th Annual Living With Grief Teleconference

Apr 9, 2009 1:00 PM

Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program sponsored by the University of Utah College of Nursing will host the Hospice Foundation of America’s 16th Annual Living With Grief Teleconference Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The local event will be held at the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building located at 26 South 2000 East on the University of Utah Campus. 

Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program, live via satellite and webcast, to more than 125,000 health care professionals in 2,000 communities. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals – including doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors – to share and exchange ideas while obtaining continuing education credits.

Focusing on “Diversity and End-of-Life Care,” the 2009 teleconference will examine how diversity influences end-of-life decision making and the impact that culture has at the time of death and during bereavement. One of the goals of the teleconference is to increase sensitivity by helping professionals acknowledge how their own cultural values and assumptions influence the delivery of care. The program, which will be will be moderated by Frank Sesno, Professor of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University and Special Correspondent with CNN, will also discuss the challenges that may occur when culture considerations may cause ethical concerns or moral distress.

Sharing his perspective on diversity and health care for practitioners in Utah will be Dr. Edward Junkins, an emergency room pediatrician and Assistant Dean in the University of Utah Medical School Office of Diversity Health.

“Caring Connections is proud to offer this important opportunity for Utah’s health and social service professionals to expand their awareness of how diversity influences end-of-life care,” says Kathie Supiano, MS, LCSW, director of Caring Connections.

The teleconference is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization, which acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss, grief and bereavement.

For more information, contact Shawna Rees at (801) 585-9522.
 
About Caring Connections
Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program is sponsored by the University of Utah College of Nursing, Through a variety of community and hospital programs Caring Connections strives to meet the grief and bereavement needs of people experiencing loss. All people are welcome to participate as their circumstances suggest.

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