Faith and Hospice: Partnering with African American Churches to Increase Awareness of Hospice Services

Thursday, April 21, 2016: 2:45 PM-3:45 PM
National Harbor 6 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 3rd Level
Apollo Townsend Stevens, DNP, RN, Transitions LifeCare (founded as Hospice of Wake County), Raleigh, NC
Research literature reports African Americans are twice as likely as Caucasian Americans to choose aggressive hospital treatment when death is imminent. Faculty conducted a research study with two African American churches to discover barriers to hospice utilization, and to determine if partnerships between hospice agencies and African American churches could increase awareness of hospice services in this segment of the African American community. The study will be presented as well as practical recommendations for establishing positive partnerships between hospices and African American churches.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe two potential barriers to hospice utilization for African Americans
2. Discuss the rationale for partnering with African American churches
3. Describe one methodology for establishing a relationship with African American churches

CE/CME: Counselor, Nurse, Physician and Social Worker