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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Empath Health PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) center in Tampa, Florida
Enhancing Care and Communication at the End of Life: Best Practices in
Advance Care Planning
The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging from the School of Aging Studies held a conference Friday, April 21st at USF Embassy Suites, Enhancing Communication and Care at the End Of Life: Best Practices in Advance Care Planning. The brought together students and community members to come listen to experts in the fields of nursing, spiritual care and medicine from Center Community partners Chapters Health System and Empath Health. Pictured below our organizers from the School of Aging Studies (middle) Debra Dobbs, Lindsay Peterson and Sara Hackett from the conference planning committee with presenters and other faculty from the conference.
Tara C. Friedman, MD FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer of Chapters Health System will be the new Community Director for the Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Friedman replaces recently retired Ronald S. Schonwetter, MD, FACP, AGSF, FAAHPM, HMDC and former Chief Medical Officer of Chapters Health System.
Congratulations to the 2023 – 2024 Graduate Assistantship Awardee: Jessica Yauk, MGS.,
PhD. Candidate in The School of Aging Studies.
Title: "Black Caregivers' Perceptions of Care Recipients' End-of-Life Care Planning"
Jessica Yauk, a doctoral candidate in the School of Aging Studies, was selected for the 2023-2024 Graduate Assistantship in End-of-Life or Palliative Care. This assistantship provides funding for a 9-month period to allow graduate students to pursue their own research projects related to end-of-life or palliative care and work with community providers. This year's awardee, Jessica Yauk, received $20,000 to research Black caregivers in the community to understand their perceptions of care recipients' end-of-life wishes.