AQAF Events

How to Have the Difficult Discussions About the End of Life Webinar

Tuesday, 12th February 2019 11:00 am

Webinar | Feb. 12, 2019 | 11:00am CT (12:00pm ET)
How to Have the Difficult Discussions About the End of Life

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) invites you to a panel discussion on initiating these difficult end-of-life conversations featuring experts and people with Medicare.

Who Should Attend
Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nursing home staff, home health providers, patients, caregivers and advocates.


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
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.

Jan Erlenbaugh Gaddis
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
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 years. As a cancer survivor with almost 25 years of quality improvement advocacy experience, she has a unique perspective on end-of-life care.

Dr. Christian Davis Furman
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.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. CT/ 12 p.m. ET
Duration: 1 hour

About the Community Action Network
This group for healthcare community coalition members aims to improve the coordination of healthcare and decrease preventable hospital readmissions by sharing ideas across state lines. Their meetings highlight best practices and lessons learned. Participants are encouraged to share barriers and challenges they experience as well as brainstorm effective solutions with the help of the group.

For questions, please contact your state’s representative:

Alabama | Cathy Munn Catherine.Munn@area-G.hcqis.org
Indiana | Tracy Harvey Tracy.Harvey@area-G.hcqis.org
Kentucky | Cindy Todd Cindy.Todd@area-G.hcqis.or
Mississippi | Mary Helen Conner Mary.Conner@area-G.hcqis.org
Tennessee | Corley Roberts CRoberts@Qsource.org