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AAHPM & SWHPN Live Webinar: Racism in Healthcare and Strategies for Equity in Hospice and Palliative Care
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinars

Join AAHPM and SWHPN on April 29 from 3-4pm ET for a free webinar entitled "Racism in Healthcare and Strategies for Equity in Hospice and Palliative Care" presented by Eunju Lee, LCSW APHSW-C and David L. Tran, MD. This webinar is part of each organization’s commitment to providing education and resources that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more and register below.

Major events in recent history exposed deep structural racism in the United States of America: the COVID 19 pandemic, social movements addressing justice, the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing, the attempted insurrection of January 6, 2021, the mass shootings including one in which six Asian-Americans were killed, and the ongoing violent events against people of color that confront us daily. Each of these events demands that medical professionals acknowledge and confront structural racism embedded in the health care system. SWHPN and AAHPM are committed to providing education and resources that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and are pleased to partner on this webinar.

Structural racism presents as policies and models of care delivery that cause inequitable outcomes in health care, which are magnified in vulnerable patient populations facing serious illness. Hospice and palliative care clinicians are called to critically reflect on how our practice supports or hinders racial and health equity. How can we explicitly integrate health equity into palliative care with an awareness that “death is a social justice issue” (Reimer-Kirkham et al, 2016)?

There remains an aversion to engaging in emotionally-laden conversations about bias and racism that hinder optimal care for our patients, many of whom come to us with histories of personal, community and/or intergenerational trauma. Their trauma intersects and informs their relationship with their health care providers, affecting health outcomes in almost all disease categories.

There are no current best practices in the hospice and palliative care community that address structural racism. To that end, we invite you to join us for an informative webinar presented by Eunju Lee, LCSW, APHSW-C of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and David L. Tran, MD of Palo Alto Medical Foundation Palliative Care and Support Services, intended to stimulate discussion and critical thinking about the practice of hospice and palliative care to identify, dismantle, and ultimately change structurally racist policies with the goal of improving more equitable outcomes.

The presentation aims to explore the historical and current systems of racism within the United States healthcare system and how it manifests in our practice and interactions with BIPOC patients as hospice and palliative care clinicians. Learners will be introduced to many of these concepts and encouraged to apply them to their own practice.

Participants who attend will be able to:

  1. Explore and critically reflect on the history of white supremacy in the United States, the health care system, and its current impact on BIPOC communities.
  2. Trace the historical roots of palliative and hospice care in the United States, delineating the Western cultural assumptions, biases, and structural racism embedded in this history that may disaffect BIPOC communities.
  3. Examine interactions with BIPOC patients through a trauma-informed lens and their implications on our clinical practice.

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST / 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST

Target Audience: Multi-disciplinary clinicians and staff working in hospice and palliative care

Cost to attend: FREE (no continuing education credits will be offered for this webinar)

This 60-minute webinar presentation is a collaboration of SWHPN and AAHPM to bring together the perspectives of a physician and social worker whose Asian-American identities have shaped clinical practice in their respective disciplines. We are committed to advancing open conversations about race and racial justice in hospice and palliative care. For those who cannot attend the live webinar, a recorded version will be made available by both AAHPM and SWHPN. 

About the Presenters:

Dr. David L. Tran is a family medicine, hospice, and palliative care physician who serves as the Department Chair for Palliative Care and Support Services (PCSS) at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). He works closely with the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) as an expert on end-of-life issues, medical aid-in-dying, and opioid medication policy. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he earned his doctorate from the UC Irvine School of Medicine before completing a residency in Family Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California. He completed his hospice and palliative care fellowship with UC San Diego/Scripps Health Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He currently practices outpatient, home-based, and community-based palliative care in the Bay Area, where he resides with his partner and rescue dog.


Eunju Lee, LCSW, APHSW-C has been a clinical social worker in the field of palliative and hospice care for over a dozen years. She serves on the board of the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network, is a member of the Health Care Advisory Board of Compassion and Choices, and a long time mentor for NYU’s Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PELC). She received her MS from the University of Chicago and certifications in PELC and clinical supervision from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. She currently lives in Brooklyn and works as an oncology social worker with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.



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