Interdisciplinary Training

African American End-of-Life Care

Birmingham, Ala.

August 20, 2010 to August 21, 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 Birmingham Conference Location

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North
Birmingham, AL 35203

What to Wear

Conference attire is “business casual.” The average high temperature for Birmingham, Alabama in August is 90 degrees and the average low is 68 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 August 14, 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


August 20 , 2010

7:30 a.m. Breakfast & Registration
8:00 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
8:15 a.m. Overview and Social Determinants of Health: African American Perspectives on Health, Living and Dying
9:15 a.m. Comprehensive Patient Evaluation
11:00 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. Hospice Care: Contemporary Challenges and Best Practices
12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. Patient-Centered Decision Making
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

August 21, 2010

8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Register for Continuing Credits
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.

Tonya Armstrong, Ph.D., M.T.S.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C.

Fay A. Burrs, R.N., B.S.N.
R.N. Educator - Clinical Nurse IV, Capital Hospice, Washington D.C. and Largo, Md.

Bethsheba Johnson, M.S., N.P.
Nurse Practitioner at Peabody Health Center/AIDS Arms, Inc.,  Dallas, Texas

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.


A limited number of rooms are available at a special “APPEAL Training” rate. Please make reservations early.

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 324-5000

Parking Instructions

Self-pay parking is available adjacent to the hotel.

Special Needs

The Duke School of Medicine and the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life are committed to making its 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: 1-919-660-3553 or

Registration Fees

$250 - Physicians

$150 - All other health care and clergy-based providers

$50 - Students, trainees and family caregivers

$400 - Group, three participants

Participants will receive:

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

Register online:

  1. Individual Registration
  2. Group Registration
  3. Amedisys Employee Registration

Contact by phone or e-mail:

Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School
(919) 613-5323  or toll free (888) 845-4216