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Racial, Ethnic, And Socioeconomic Disparities in Hospice Care And Caregiving: What The Research Says And What We Can Do To Help Webinar

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March 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Event Details

March 30, 2022


In this course, learners will be presented with research that describes racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in end-of-life care and hospice enrollment; possible reasons for disparities; racial differences and similarities in hospice caregiving; and opportunities to reflect on ways to improve racial and socioeconomic disparities in hospice care. In addition to didactic Power Point presentation, learners will interact and engage with each other, share experiences, and process what it is like to care for persons across cultures. Learners will discuss ways to provide culturally-sensitive care and communication.


  1. Discuss racial and ethnic disparities in end-of-life care in the United States.
  2. Explore the role of social determinants of health in hospice decision-making and care.
  3. Explore racial differences and similarities in hospice family caregiving.
  4. Examine personal beliefs or biases that may contribute to differences in care.


Dr. Lauren Starr, PhD, MBE, RN
Dr. Starr is an interdisciplinary nurse scientist, postdoctoral fellow in palliative and end-of-life care, and bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, and informatics faculty from Penn and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on two themes: 1) behavioral interventions to improve hospice family caregiver health and hospice communication; and 2) racial and socioeconomic disparities in end-of-life care and caregiving. Dr. Starr’s work integrates behavioral intervention design and implementation; ethics in vulnerable populations; qualitative and quantitative methods, including cost analyses; and advanced statistical methods (e.g., propensity score matching, predictive modeling). She has extensive experience working with teams and across disciplines and has received formal training in research methods and execution. She has a BA in English and Bioethics from Princeton University and a BSN, Master’s in Bioethics, and PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She is completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania through mentored research with Dr. George Demiris, Dr. Salimah Meghani, Dr. Connie Ulrich, Dr. Nina O’Connor and Dr. Michael Perlis of the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Debra Parker Oliver of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. The long-term goal of her research program is to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based behavioral therapy interventions to 1) improve the mental and physical health and caregiving experiences of hospice family caregivers and 2) reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities in end-of-life care and caregiving.

Webinar Information:
The cost for this seminar is $110.00 for members & $130.00 for  non-members.
Late Fee of $20.00 after 03/16/22.
There are no refunds, however substitutions are welcome.
Please use your Medicare ID number for your membership number.
Registrants will receive the Zoom link and call in information the week of the training.
This is an intermediate level course.
CE’s will be an extra $15 per person.
General Certificates are Free.

Upon completion of this course each attendee will be required to complete an evaluation. Each participant will then receive a general certificate. Each attendee must complete the entire course to receive the certificate. Certificates will be distributed to attendees after returning the sign in sheet and evaluation to MHPCA. For any questions or concerns please contact Crystal at crystal@missourihospice.org.

SOCIAL WORKERS: MHPCA, #1359, is an approved provider for social work, continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.asbw.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. MHPCA maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period 2/28/2020 – 2/28/2023. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive (1.5) continuing education clock hours.


Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by AXIS Medical Education and Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association. AXIS Medical Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation for Nursing

AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 1.5 contact hours.

Learners are advised that accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

AXIS Contact Information

For information about the accreditation of this program please contact AXIS at info@axismeded.org.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

AXIS Medical Education requires faculty, instructors, authors, planners, directors, managers, reviewers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all real or apparent conflicts of interest they may have with ineligible companies. An ineligible entity is any organization whose primary business is t producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All relevant conflicts of interest are identified and mitigated prior to initiation of the planning phase for an activity

AXIS has mitigated and disclosed to learners all relevant conflicts of interest disclosed by  staff, planners, faculty/authors, peer reviewers, or others in control of content for this activity. Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation or activity. Disclosure information for faculty, authors, course directors, planners, peer reviewers, and/or relevant staff is provided with this activity.

The faculty, Lauren Starr, PhD, MBE, RN, reported no financial relationships or relationships they have with eligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months.

The planners, managers, and reviewers, Lauren Starr, PhD, MBE, RN; Crystal Lee; Dee Morgillo, MEd.,CHCP; and Holly M. Hampe, DSc., RN, MHA, MRM, CPHQ reported no financial relationships or relationships they have with eligible companies of any amount during the past 24 months.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Method of Participation and Request for Credit:   

  • Attend/participate in the educational activity and review all course materials.
  • Complete the CE Declaration form online by 11:59 pm ET April 30, 2022. Instructions will be provided. If you do not enter the online portal by the above date, you will not be able to retrieve your statement of participation.
  • Upon successful completion of the online form, your statement of completion will be presented to you to print.

Registration is closed for this event.