Making Contact

Making Contact – November 17, 2006

"We act as if there is one definition of good end of life care. And I would
argue there is no one definition. In the end, it¹s going to be many

In the American health care system, "good end-of-life care" often supports
the white middle-class, but people of diverse religions, languages and races
often have very different needs and expectations. On this edition, producer
Claire Schoen looks at how miscommunication, stereotyping and racism
influence health care for people of color as they approach death.


Dr. Lavera Crawley, faculty member, Stanford University, The Center for
Biomedical Ethics; Norma del Rio, social worker and bereavement coordinator,
San Francisco Health at Home; Anne Hughes, advanced practice nurse for
palliative care, Laguna Honda Hospital; Tamara Liang, Self Help Homecare;
Evelyn Jordan, president, Florida Coalition on Hispanic Aging; Carmalita
Tursi, director, AARP’s National Diversity Program; Mrs. Sang, Chinese woman
who died of pancreatic cancer; Theresa Kwong, social worker, Self Help; Chui
Lee, nurse, Self Help; Teresa Bowannie, Zuni Home Health Care Agency; Dr.
Bruce Finke, consultant, Zuni Home Health Care Agency; Reverend Frank
Jackson, Faith Presbyterian Church; Regina Dyer, African-American woman who
died of breast cancer; Dr. Richard Payne, director, Duke University
Institute for Care at the End of Life.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Freelance Producer: Claire Schoen

For more information:

ACCESS Workshop on Culturally Competent End of Life Care
1351 24th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122

48 Juniper Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Self Help for the Elderly Home Care & Hospice
407 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-3122
[email protected]

Zuni Home Health Care Agency
P.O. Box 339
1203 B State HWY 53
Zuni, NM 87327
[email protected]

North General Community Hospital
Harlem Palliative Care Network
1879 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10035


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