EOLCNY will present at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting.
It is well-documented that racial disparities in advance planning and healthcare quality exist at the end of life. Latinx communities have lower levels of advance planning and face barriers to obtaining adequate end-of-life care. To address these needs, a free public workshop was developed to raise awareness of rights and options at the end of life. To identify the end-of-life planning needs of Latinx communities, a needs assessment was first conducted that highlighted language, the role of family, perceptions of treatment, and experiences of discrimination. Informed by this needs assessment, Spanish-English bilingual workshops and materials focusing on rights and options at the end of life were developed and implemented/distributed throughout New York City. An evaluation of this program using pre/post surveys found significantly increased familiarity with key end-of-life planning elements (healthcare proxy, advance directives, etc.), increased knowledge as assessed by responses to true/false statements, and high levels of attendee satisfaction.
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