The LGBTQ+ community has been subjected to longstanding prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. As a result, this community has experienced inequities in healthcare including palliative, hospice, and end-of-life care. In 2011, the National Academy of Medicine
underscored the need to address these healthcare disparities resulting in a strong call for action towards mitigating these gaps through the provision of inclusive and affirming care for the LGBTQ+ community living with serious illness and their families and caregivers.
In this session, we will be joined by Dr. Noelle Marie Javier, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in New York City. She will be going over some hard facts on healthcare disparities impacting this population as well as discussing guiding principles in shaping the cultural understanding of this community. We will conclude by sharing specific inclusive and affirming strategies in the provision of high quality palliative care for this community. About the End of Life Equity Webinar Series
Our country is in the midst of a careful interrogation of the way personal biases and systemic injustices cause harm to minoritized and marginalized communities. There are numerous disparities in end-of-life care evident in both patient preparedness prior to death and their experience of dying. At the end of life, when individuals are often at their most vulnerable, discrimination and injustice can take several forms including poor pain management, inadequate communication between healthcare providers and families, and medical interventions without true informed consent. This has immense ramifications for marginalized communities, leading to exacerbated suffering during one of life’s most important, intimate, and universal moments.
We believe change will happen when we confront these inequities by committing to, and investing in, the resources, care, and strategies required to address them. This end of life equity webinar series will offer insight into the needs and experiences of a variety of New York communities, and strategies to advocate and support these communities in planning for and navigating the end of life. This webinar series is made possible with support from the Foley Hoag Foundation
. All are welcome to attend, and end-of-life professionals are encouraged to register. Continuing Education
End of Life Choices New York, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0464). Attending the webinar counts as 1.5 contact hours. Continuing education credits are made available with support from ELDR
The webinar series will also be of value to other professionals, and certificates of completion will be available for any attendee who needs, or would benefit from, this documentation.