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Breaking the Color Barrier: How Can We Increase Access to Hospice for African-Americans?

Title: Breaking the Color Barrier: How Can We Increase Access to Hospice for African-Americans? with Kimberly S. Johnson, MD, MHS

CE/CME Credit Available:

Counselor, Nurse, Physician, Non-Physician Healthcare Professional and Social Worker

Member Price: $35.00
Non-Member Price: $70.00

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Length: 1.0 hours

This course was originally presented at NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA’s 2015 Virtual Conference entitled Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care.

This session will highlight disparities in the quality of end-of-life care for African Americans compared to Caucasians, discuss the role of hospice in reducing disparities in the quality of end-of-life care, and describe current practices among hospice providers in reaching seriously ill African Americans. 


  • Discuss differences between seriously ill African Americans and   Caucasians in quality of care at the end-of-life and rates of hospice  enrollment
  • Describe barriers to hospice use among African Americans
  • Describe current strategies used by hospice providers to increase  hospice use among seriously ill African Americans

Kimberly S. Johnson, MD, MHS

Dr. Kimberly S. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine at Duke University. She also holds appointments in Duke Palliative Care and is a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University. She received her undergraduate education at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana and her MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine, fellowship in Geriatrics, and clinical research training at Duke. Dr. Johnson is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on understanding racial disparities in end-of-life care. She has published widely and is nationally recognized for her work investigating how cultural beliefs and preferences and organizational practices and policies may influence the use of hospice care by older African Americans. Dr. Johnson has received the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Junior Investigator Award and American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Excellence in Geriatric Research Award for her work. Her research has been supported by a Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research and a National Palliative Care Research Center Career Development Award. She is currently conducting a national study of hospice providers to learn about practices designed to increase access to hospice care for underserved populations; this work is supported by an R01 from the National Institute on Aging.


Faculty: Kimberly S. Johnson, MD, MHS has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT, and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CE/CME Credit: Nurse: 1.0 Contact Hours
Physician: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Social Worker:  1.0 Contact Hours
Completion: In order to complete this online activity and obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase.
CE/CME Info: 

Counselor: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6232. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHPCO is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 contact  hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by   ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.


Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse, physician, and social worker, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form. *including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, spiritual care givers, etc.

Release Date: April 30, 2017

Expiration Date: 

April 30, 2020

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