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Racial Disparities at the End of Life and the Catholic Social Tradition

Presented by Sheri B. Browne, PhD, BCC


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Program Summary
This webinar has two goals: 1) discuss the persistence of racial disparities in healthcare, specifically referencing Black individuals' perspectives on end-of-life (EOL)care; and 2) propose that the Catholic Social Tradition offers a framework for addressing health care disparities. Black Americans bring perspectives to EOL care that reflect their experiences as a historically marginalized and oppressed people. These perspectives help to illuminate more broadly dynamics that underlie health care disparities in the United States. The Catholic Social Tradition's emphasis on solidarity, justice, and the pursuit of the common good will be highlighted as a framework for relational and intentional approaches to ending racial disparities in EOL care.

Program Objectives By the end of this webinar, participants will:
  1. Understand the historical and cultural roots of racial disparities in health care, particularly as they impact Black Americans' end-of-life choices
  2. Gain new knowledge about the Catholic Social Tradition
  3. Make connections between a persistent problem in health care and how Catholic doctrine can inform solutions to this problem.

About the Presenter Sheri B. Browne, PhD, BCC is a professor of History & Women's Studies at Tennessee State University, and PRN chaplain for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt Medical Center. Dr. Browne received her B.A. History/English from Lewis & Clark College (1986), a M.A. in Health Care Mission Leadership from Loyola University Chicago (2017), and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota (2002). She has given numerous presentations on the topic of African Americans and End-of-Life Care, and has authored articles in the Oregon Historical Quarterly in both 2011 and 2012, as well as a book chapter entitled “Racial Disparities at the End of Life and the Catholic Social Tradition” in the forthcoming volume Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice: The Praxis of US Health Care in a Globalized World (edited by Michael McCarthy and M. Therese Lysaught, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018).

NACC Certification Competencies Covered by the Webinar: ITP2.1, ITP4, PPS3


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