Regence Palliative Care Explores Provider Cultural Sensitivity with 2-Day Conference

By Regence
August 30, 2016

Imagine you are a patient with a serious illness in a hospital. You speak the local language, so you understand the words, but that does little to calm your fear. In walks a palliative care provider—a doctor, a specialist, a social worker, or a member of the clergy. That provider greets you in a way that shows respect for your culture.

That provider has begun building an environment of trust with you.

Navigating Cultural Differences: Palliative Medicine Provider Education, September 20-21 in Seattle, will help palliative care providers learn about how palliative care is viewed from ten leaders of various cultural communities. We will explore cultural factors such as:

  • Communication and terminology
  • Role of family and other caregivers
  • Aging and end-of-life care stigma
  • Care environment

Dr. Benjamin Danielson, Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic will give a two-part keynote presentation about bringing culturally sensitive palliative care best practices into your practice.

Enrique Cerna, KCTS 9 Seattle Director of Community Partnerships, will be our emcee and panel moderator.

The ten communities represented are (alphabetically): African-American, Asian-American, Disabled, Eastern European and Slavic, Geriatric, Indian/Hindu, Latino, LGBTQ, Perinatal and Pediatric, and Veteran.

Are you a provider who would like to attend? Visit to learn more and register. Scholarships are still available. Request a scholarship application form at Registration is open through Friday, September 12, 2016.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Washington State Medical Association and Regence BlueCross BlueShield. The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 8.5 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!