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Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal and often based on a person’s values and beliefs. Talking with loved ones and healthcare providers is an important step to making a person’s wishes known. These conversations relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what a person wants when facing a healthcare crisis.

The Community Action Network (CAN) hosts a panel discussion on initiating these difficult end-of-life conversations featuring experts and people with Medicare.

-Describe and differentiate between palliative care and hospice care
-Identify effective strategies related to end of life discussions and how to get the conversation started
-Identify resources and materials used to facilitate communication regarding advance care planning that will ensure the patient’s wishes are followed

Deborah Dutton Duke, MSN, RN
Birmingham, AL
Ms. Duke has been a nurse for 23 years. She is focused on Congregational Health and parish nursing. She has been the Congregational Health Program Director at Samford University for 10 years. She also is a facility member at the Ida V. Moffitt School of Nursing at Samford University where she teaches the Parish Nursing preparatory class.

Dr. Christian Davis Furman, MSPH, AGSF
Louisville, KY
Dr. Furman is the Medical Director for the Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging at the University of Louisville. She is a Professor of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and holds the Smock Endowed Chair for Geriatric Medical Education. Her research focuses on palliative medicine in the nursing home setting. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Geriatrics Society in 2013.

Jan Erlenbaugh Gaddis, RN, BSN, FCN
Indianapolis, IN
Ms. Gaddis has been a nurse for 43 years, 23 of those years in the specialty practice of Faith Community Nurse (FCN) with Franciscan Health. Her practice has been at the local parish level with the primary focus of integrating faith and health. She also works at the Outpatient Palliative Care Department at Franciscan Health.

Dr. Michael King, GNP-BC, DNP, WCN
Pontotoc, MS
Beginning his career as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Dr. King then started his own geriatric specialty practice focusing on rehabilitation, hospice and wound care management. His passion is promoting a holistic approach to individuals and their families encompassing their emotional, spiritual and physical needs.

Judy Weddle, Retired RN, atom Advisory Council Member
Memphis, TN
Ms. Weddle was the primary caregiver for her mother who was on hospice care for four months. As a cancer survivor with almost 25 years of quality improvement advocacy experience, she has a unique perspective on end-of-life care.