Interdisciplinary Training

African American End-of-Life Care

Memphis, Tenn.

April 15, 2011 to April 16, 2011

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 Memphis Conference Location

Memphis Marriott
2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Memphis, Tenn. 38118

What to Wear

Conference attire is “business casual.”  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 April 1, 2011.  No refunds will be issued after this date. No-shows are not eligible for a refund.


Please call or e-mail and indicate that you are inquiring about the Memphis APPEAL Conference:
Betsy Barton, Program Coordinator
Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life
(919) 660-3586



Friday April 15, 2011
7:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and announcements
8:15 a.m. Overview and Social Determinants of Health: African American Perspectives on Health, Living and Dying
9:30 a.m. Comprehensive Patient Evaluation
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Patient-Centered Decision-Making
12:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. Hospice Care: Contemporary Challenges and Best Practices
3:30 p.m. Pain Assessment and Management in a Complex Subjective World
5:00 p.m. Faculty Q & A Session
5:30 p.m. Adjourn for the day
Saturday, April 16, 2011
8:00 a.m. Breakfast;  Register for Continuing Education Credits
8:30 a.m. Grief and Bereavement
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Culturally-Appropriate Communication
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; 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.

Fay Burrs, R.N., B.S.N.
Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse IV,
Capital Hospice, Washington, DC

Pastor Corey Kennard, 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.

Ursula Robinson, L.C.S.W., M.S.W.
Program Director
PACE of Guilford and Rockingham Counties

Hotel Accommodations

Memphis Marriott
2625 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Memphis, TN  38118
(901) 362-6200
Toll-free reservations: (888) 236-2427


Customized driving directions »


There is complimentary onsite parking for all conference participants.

The Duke School of Medicine, Amedisys, 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

All participants may register for a fee of $50.00
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


Registration questions? Contact Leadership Education at Duke Divinity at (919) 613-5323, or toll free at (888) 845-4216.

All other questions about APPEAL

Betsy Barton, Program Coordinator
Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life
(919) 660-3586