Each year, the Symposium brings you national leaders in palliative care whose presentations will inspire your work and ignite your research.
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2018 Speaker Lineup
Strengthening Education, Research and Practice
Daniel Johnson, MD, FAAHPM, National Physician Lead for Palliative Care at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute, will deliver the opening keynote address. As a recipient of multiple teaching and leadership awards, Dr. Johnson offered inspiration to Symposium attendees, and underscored the importance of weaving the tenets of palliative care into all levels of instruction, research, and practice.
Dr. Johnson holds numerous appointments, including the Director of Supportive Care Solutions at KP-Colorado, and he serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. He is Clinical Faculty at the University of Colorado (UC) and a Faculty Affiliate for the UC Center for Bioethics and Humanities, and is a recipient of the Hasting’s Center Cuniff-Dixon Physician Award (2013.) Dr. Johnson is also a Soros Faculty Scholar for the Project on Death in America, a graduate of the Harvard Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice, and an inaugural participant in the 2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Innovations Advisor Program.
A hospital-based palliative care physician in Denver, Dr. Johnson has been recognized by his physician peers as a 5280 Magazine “Top Doctor” in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Exploring History, Culture, and Beliefs in Research and Practice
Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW, a prestigious John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar who serves on a wide array of national boards and committees, presented her research and its implications during a plenary session on Friday, October 12, 2018. In her presentation, Dr. Bullock highlighted why some people choose to forego the physical, social, and spiritual support available through palliative care, and discussed how interdisciplinary teams can improve access, quality, and outcomes for those needing palliative care.
Dr. Bullock is Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on cancer care and social support for older adults with non-curable illnesses. She earned her PhD in Sociology & Social Work from Boston University, her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and her Bachelor of Social Work degree from North Carolina State University. Dr. Bullock has been licensed as a clinician in the states of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and North Carolina, and has more than 25 years of clinical practice experience in mental health and aging, with interests and expertise in healthcare disparities and end-of-life care issues.
Dr. Bullock has been a leading force in advancing social work practice, education, and training in gerontology, mental health, palliative and end-of-life care. She has been quoted in the Washington Post, USA Today and L.A. Times as an expert in the areas of end-of-life and palliative care.
Fusing Palliative Care Education, Research and Practice through Quality
Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) provided the concluding plenary session at the 2018 Symposium, highlighting her current work and its intersection with the Symposium’s two days of presentations.
Dr. Bakitas is the Marie L. O’Koren Endowed Chair and Professor of Nursing at the UAB School of Nursing. She also holds an appointment in the UAB Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Care. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Bridgeport, CT, graduate studies at Boston University and the University of New Hampshire, and achieved her doctorate degree and post-doctorate fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science, prolifically published, a generous mentor, holds national and international appointments, and is the recipient of numerous research grants and awards.
Dr. Bakitas has pioneered telehealth in rural areas, impacting seriously ill patients and veteran populations. Her work focuses on early palliative care, neuropathic pain, advance care planning, communicating values and preferences of care, informed decision making and decision support, caregiver research, care of older adults, and oncology palliative care.
Strengthening the Connection Between Research and Practice
Dr. Jeri L. Miller, PhD, MS, MSc, is the Chief of the Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research (OEPCR) at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the symposium, Dr. Miller discussed the interplay of research with clinical practice, why research is mutually important to scholars and practitioners at all levels, and avenues for obtaining funding for palliative care research.
The OEPCR coordinates and supports ongoing NINR and NIH research efforts in end-of-life and palliative care (EOL PC) science. A major program priority for OEPCR is to coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of end-of-life and palliative care research in direct collaboration with other NIH Institutes and Centers, federal research agencies and outside constituencies.
Dr. Miller was the former Head of the Office of Research on End-of-Life Science and Palliative Care Investigator Training, and Education and Science Policy in NINR’s Division of Science Policy and Public Liaison. She has expanded this role in OEPCR as both Chief and Senior Science Policy Analyst.
Gerontologist and Researcher Designs Practical Care Models for Adults and Caregivers
Jennifer Wolff, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, participated in a Symposium plenary panel on caregiving’s impact on families.
Dr. Wolff has focused her teaching and research on late-life family caregiving and innovative models of care for older adults with complex health needs. She primarily conducts applied studies involving the development of practical tools and strategies to more effectively identify and support family caregivers in care delivery.
Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institute of Health and other federal agencies and private foundations. Dr. Wolff is a member of AcademyHealth, the American Society on Aging, and the Gerontological Society of America, and recently served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults.
Nursing Leader Works to Transform Health Care through Education
Theresa A. Harvath, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Associate Dean at The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the founding director of the school’s Family Caregiving Institute, participated in the Symposium’s family caregiver panel on Oct. 11.
Dr. Harvath closely coordinates with the school’s leadership to transform health care through nursing education and research, and oversees the education and community engagement missions of the School of Nursing. She collaborates with the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group to create curricula, connects with community partners to design community-based programs, and leads faculty development.
Prior to her UC Davis appointment, Harvath was the director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the Advanced Practice Gerontological Nursing Program at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, where she was also a professor. She has 25 years of nursing education experience and 10 years’ experience as a clinical nurse specialist and staff nurse.
Family Caregiver Pioneer and Advocate Nurtures Support by Integrating Technology
Kathleen A. Kelly, MPA, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving, was be the third panelist on the Symposium’s family caregiver panel. The National Center on Caregiving is a nonprofit that provides direct caregiver services, public policy development, research and public awareness regarding unpaid family caregivers.
Ms. Kelly oversees a number of initiatives and projects, including the regional San Francisco Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center, which provides direct caregiver services to families in the Bay Area. The Center also has developed an online guide, the Family Care Navigator, to help families who live outside of the Bay Area locate caregiver support programs and services in all 50 states.
Currently Ms. Kelly is the co-investigator on a project utilizing secure, mobile applications that use experience data to deliver tailored services to family caregivers. She sits on a variety of state and national advisory boards, has written and lectured about family caregiving, public policy, program and system development and use of consumer technology.
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DATES: October 11-12, 2019
ATTENDEES: Faculty From Universities Nationwide
LOCATION: Sheraton Harbor Place, San Diego, California
TRAVEL AND LODGING DETAILS: TBD
CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS & CME: TBD