The Center on Aging at The University of Southern Mississippi will serve as a host site for the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) 17th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.
The teleconference, set for 12:30-3:30 p.m., is scheduled for broadcast in room 123 of Cook Library on the Hattiesburg campus and at the Advanced Education Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The teleconference is free, but seating is limited, therefore pre-registration is recommended. Continuing education units are available for an additional fee to HFA.
Each year the Hospice Foundation of America presents a nationally recognized distance learning program live via satellite and Webcast to approximately 125,000 people in 2,000 communities across the United States. For more than a decade, this program has been instrumental in educating health care professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals, including doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors, to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.
Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, will moderate the program titled, “Cancer and End-of-Life Care.” The teleconference will address care options related to cancer diagnoses as well as loss and grief reactions for patients, families and professional care-givers.
Sesno will lead a panel of noted authorities that includes, Yvette Colon, director of education & support at American Pain Foundation; Malene Davis, president & CEO at Capital Hospice; Kenneth J. Doka, professor of Gerontology at The College of New Rochelle; Richard Payne, director, Insitute on Care at the End of Life, Duke University; Sherry R. Schachter, director of Bereavement Services at Calvary Hospital/Hospice and Brad Stuart, medical director at Sutter VNA & Hospice.
For more information about the teleconference contact Susan Hubble Burchell at 601-266-5367.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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