Interdisciplinary Training

African American End-of-Life Care

Abington, Pa.

October 08, 2010 to October 09, 2010

APPEAL is an interdisciplinary training session for health professionals on caring for African-American patients and families at the end of life.

Palliative and end-of-life care are essential parts of quality health care. Training to provide this care is critical for all who work with patients and families with serious illnesses. APPEAL stands apart from other nationally recognized palliative care curricula by offering technical expertise hand-in-hand with insights into caring for African American patients and families at the end of life.

The Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life (ICEOL) is offering APPEAL training to improve care for African American patients and families at the end of life. Participants will leave this training with increased palliative care knowledge and skills as well as greater confidence and ability to communicate with African American patients and families.

APPEAL was developed by African American experts in palliative care, Richard Payne, M.D., ICEOL director, the late Marian Secundy, Ph.D., and a team of interdisciplinary faculty. Its focus on the principles of culturally sensitive end-of-life care for African Americans makes it the only palliative care curriculum of its kind.

The Abington Conference Location

Abington Memorial Hospital
Lenfest Pavilion
Frobese Conference Center
1200 Old York Road
Abington, PA 19001-3788
(215) 481-2000

What to Wear

Conference attire is “business casual.” The average high temperature for Abington, Pennsylvania  in October is 66 degrees and the average low is 45 degrees. Occasionally meeting rooms are cool, so please dress accordingly.

Cancellation Policy

This conference is subject to cancellation. In the unlikely event that the conference is cancelled, Duke University is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by participants.

Refunds & Substitutions

If you register but cannot attend the conference, you may submit a written request for a refund or substitute another individual. Half of your registration fee is refundable upon written notification. All refund requests must be received in writing prior to October 4, 2010. No refunds will be issued after this date. No-shows are not eligible for a refund.


For questions about the following topics, please call or e-mail the appropriate contact and indicate that you are inquiring about the Atlanta APPEAL Conference.

APPEAL curriculum, continuing education or team action plans:

Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life
(919) 660-3553


October 8, 2010

8:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
9:15 a.m. Welcome:   Mr. Larry Merlis, CEO, Abington Health
9:25 a.m Remarks:  Ms Orion Reid, honorary chair
9:45 a.m. Overview and Social Determinants of Health: African American Perspectives on Health, Living and Dying
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Comprehensive Patient Evaluation
12:15 a.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Patient-Centered Decision Making
2:15 p.m. Hospice Care: Contemporary Challenges and Best Practices
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Pain Assessment and Management in a Complex Subjective World
5:00 p.m. Faculty Panel Q&A Session
5:30 p.m. Adjourn for day


October 9, 2010

8:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. Culturally-Appropriate Communication
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Grief and Bereavement
11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break and Announcements
12:00 p.m. Spirituality in End of Life Care
2:00 p.m. Faculty Panel Q&A and Action Planning
2:30 p.m. Training Adjourned


APPEAL faculty have extensive training in palliative and end-of-life and have been certified to administer the APPEAL curriculum.

Michelle Grant-Ervin, M.D.
Medical Director, Vitas Innovative Healthcare, Washington, D.C.
Department of Emergency Medicine, WHC/Georgetown Emergency Medicine

Pastor Corey Kenard, M.A.C.M.
Manager of Spiritual Care
St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Mich.

Richard Payne, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Divinity, Esther Colliflower Director
Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C.

Gloria Ramsey, J.D., R.N., F.A.A.N
Associate Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, Md.
Director of Community Engagement, USUHS Center for Health Disparities


Abington Memorial Hospital is located at
1200 Old York Road in Abington, Pa.

From Center City Philadelphia and Points South
Take Route I-95 north to exit for Route 73 (Cottman Ave).  Follow Route 73 (which becomes Township Line Road) and turn right when you reach Old York Road (Route 611 north).  AMH is a few minutes further north on your left.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Take exit 343, Willow Grove South.  Travel south on Route 611 (Old York Road) for about four miles; the hospital will be on your right.


Parking is available in the Zipley parking garage.
The entrance is located on Keith Road by turning off
of Route 611 South (Old York Road).
The parking rate is $5 a day for conference attendees.

Hotel Accommodations

The following hotels are within 30 minutes of Abington Memorial Hospital.

Courtyard Marriott in Willow Grove
2350 Easton Road (Route 611)
Willow Grove, PA 19090
(215) 830-0550

Days Inn in Horsham
245 Easton Road
Horsham, PA 19044
(215) 674-2500

Hilton Garden Inn in Fort Washington
530 Pennsylvania Avenue
Fort Washington, PA 19034
(215) 646-4637

Double Tree Guest Suites in Plymouth Meeting
640 West Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(610) 834-8300

The Duke School of Medicine, Abington Memorial Hospital, and  the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life are committed to making activities accessible to all individuals. If you are in need of an accommodation, please call or submit a description of your needs in writing in order to receive service: (919) 660-3553 or

Registration Fees

  1. Standard
    • Early Registration – through September 15, 2010: $125
    • Regular Registration – September 16-30, 2010: $150
    • Late Registration – October 1-8, 2010: $175
  2. Students and family care givers: $85 (any time)
  3. Groups of 4+ - $125 per person (any time)

Participants will receive:

  • Eight-module curriculum
  • APPEAL DVD - professionally-produced DVD featuring African American perspectives on end-of-life care
  • Continuing education credits

Online Registration

Individual Registration

Group Registration (for 4 or more individuals)


Registrations Questions

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(919) 613-5323 or toll free (888) 845-4216

All other questions about APPEAL

Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life
(919) 660-3553