Text Size

  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Normal

Current Size: 100%

Culturosity: Competence in Transitioning End‐of‐Life Care for Underserved Populations from Disparity to Equity

There are populations who do not benefit from equitable access to quality endoflife care because of a history of healthcare disparities. "Culturosity: Competence in Transitioning EndofLife Care for Underserved Populations from Disparity to Equity" is a special preconference seminar addressing this topic that is being offered on Sunday, April 30, 2017. This session is offered free-of-charge.

Register today!
(When you are on the MLC registration page, select the main conference and then scroll down the list of options and select PC03 which is at the bottom of the list and it will be added to your registration.)

“Culture” + “Curiosity” = Culturosity® • A desire to learn about and interact with different cultures.

This daylong workshop will provide participants the opportunity to work through the cultural and systemic issues, and the inherent biases that exist for underserved and LGBT communities and communities of color. Using small group sessions, role play and other cutting‐edge interactive techniques, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to help themselves and their programs develop care that brings equity out of disparity.

Topics, each planned for one hour

  1. Inherent Bias:  Confronting the issues of engaging with people "other" than yourself.  Learning how to really "walk in another person's shoes".  Uses technique of Four Corner Exercise
  2. Confronting Patients from a Culture Not Your Own:  Participants will work through, in small groups, two cases involving Haitian-American patients utilizing the "What Do I Know? What Don't I Know, What Do I Need to Know" technique
  3. Social Determinant of Healthcare:  How to evaluate the various issues that affect illness and care leading to disparities and how to move patients to healthcare equity
  4. EOL care and the LGBT Community.
  5. Caring for the Hispanic/Latino Community.


  • Diane Deese, CACPFI, EMT, VITAS Healthcare of Chicagoland Central, Chicago, IL
  • Guillermo Escalona, MDiv, Miami Cancer Institute/BHSF, Miami, FL
  • Deborah Mizell, RN, BS, VITAS Healthcare, Lauderhill, FL
  • Richard Payne, MD, Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Joel Policzer, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Miami-Dade, Miramar, F
  • Joesph Shega, MD, VITAS Healthcare, Orlando, FL
  • Shirley Thimothee-Paul, RN, MSN, VITAS Healthcare, Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Everyone in your organization should attend this pre-conference!  I found an earlier version thought-provoking and invaluable to thinking about underserved people and inherent biases that exist across health care.  Going beyond stereotypical ‘sensitivity training’ or simplistic blaming, the presenters challenge you to recognize patterns of thinking you didn’t know you had and use your awareness to think about improving care to all of your patients.  And don’t be afraid of the possibility of role play. This is NOT confrontational—it IS transformational.  Sign-up, go, and enjoy an amazing day of self-discovery that will serve your program well.”

- Joan K. Harrold, MD, MPH, FAAHPM, FACP, Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Services of Hospice & Community Care in Lancaster; she attended a previous offering of this session.

Online registration for the Management and Leadership Conference and the preconference seminars is open through April 7, 2017. Register today!

(When you are on the MLC registration page, select the main conference and then scroll down the list of options and select PC03 which is at the bottom of the list and it will be added to your registration.)

A look at NHPCO’s most recent edition of Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America provides a snapshot of patient race and ethnicity of hospice patients for 2014. While the African American population accounts for over 12% of the overall U.S. population, only 7.6% of those entering hospice programs across the country were African American – and it should be noted that this percentage has dropped in recent years. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 7% of hospice patients and Asians or other Pacific Islanders account for 3%  (this represents a slight increase in reaching these populations); multiracial individuals account for 13%. The provider community has made strides to increase under-utilization of hospice and palliative care by minority communities but much remains to be done as the minority populations in the U.S. are projected to increase in the years ahead.