Key Topics on End-of-Life Care

APPEAL A Progressive Palliative Care Educational Curriculum for the Care of African-Americans at Life’s End

Housed at the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, APPEAL is a curriculum to educate health care professionals with essential clinical competencies and practical skills needed to provide culturally appropriate palliative and quality end-of life-care services to African American patients and their families.

Association of Black Cardiologists
Founded in 1974 , the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc ., (ABC) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of over 600 health care professionals. The ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease in all people of color. Today, the ABC’s public and private partnerships continue to increase the impact in communities across the nation.

Balm In Gilead
The Balm In Gilead is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with an international mission to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the African Diaspora by building the capacity of faith communities to provide AIDS education and support networks for all people living and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Balm In Gilead’s pioneering achievements have enabled thousands of churches to become leaders in preventing HIV by providing comprehensive educational programs and offering compassionate support to encourage those infected to seek and maintain treatment.

Congressional Black Caucus
In January 1969, newly elected African American representatives of the 77th Congress joined six incumbents to form the "Democratic Select Committee. The Committee was renamed the Congressional Black Caucus and the CBC was born in 1971. The goals of CBC is to positively influence the course of events pertinent to African Americans and others of similar experience and situation, and to achieve greater equity for persons of African descent in the design and content of domestic and international programs and services.  While the CBC has been primarily focused on the concerns of African Americans, the Caucus has also been at the forefront of legislative campaigns for human and civil rights for all citizens.

Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life
The mission of the Institute is to create and promote the growth of knowledge and to encourage the application of that knowledge in caring for the whole person at life’s end. The Institute is conceived as a dynamic organization, fully engaged in the intellectual lives of the university and the larger community and driven by interdisciplinary scholarship, research and practical application.

Georgia State Medical Association
Georgia State Medical Association, Inc., (GSMA) is the state affiliate of the National Medical Association (NMA).  The association was founded in 1893.Founded as an organization to give a voice to African-American and other minority physicians in the state of Georgia ; Georgia State Medical Association is a non-exclusive organization which works to represent its membership in all medical, scientific, legislative, public health and related affairs. 

The association is represented on special committees in all area of State government affecting medical practitioners in Georgia , some of which are the Department of Medical Assistance, the State of Georgia Health Planning Agency, the Georgia Drug Utilization Review Board, the Georgia Medical Care Foundation. Members of Georgia State Medical Association serve on the faculties of all medical schools in the state of Georgia -Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, the Medical College of Georgia, and Mercer University School of Medicine.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists’ students and media related professionals that provide quality programs and services to advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

National Black Nurses Association
The NBNA represents approximately 150,000 African American nurses from the USA , Eastern Caribbean and Africa , with 76 chartered chapters nationwide. The purpose of the association is to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to "investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African Americans are and to implement change to make available to African Americans and other minorities health care commensurate with that of the larger society." NBNA is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The association provides annual scholarships for students.

National Association of Black Social Workers
The NABSW was founded in May 1968 in San Francisco. The organization was formed in response to issues relating to providing human care in the Black community, educating social workers for effective services in the Black community and providing opportunities for participation of Black social workers in the social welfare arena.

National Medical Association
The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. The NMA is a 501(c) (3) national professional and scientific organization representing the interests of more than 25,000 African American physicians and the patients they serve. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with
federal and private agencies. Throughout its history the National Medical Association has focused primarily on health issues related to African Americans and medically underserved populations; however, its principles, goals, initiatives and philosophy encompass all ethnic groups.

National Resource Center on Diversity
NRCD is an information and technical assistance resource for coalitions and community leaders reaching out to diverse populations. The center provides information, materials, training and networking opportunities to improve end-of-life care for Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and others.  NRCD works with coalitions and community-based organizations around the country to strengthen local efforts to reach minority audiences.  We support community awareness efforts that explain how to reach diverse communities and encourage the development of community-based end-of-life care programs that are sensitive to a community’s multiracial and multicultural members.

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization fighting for social change. The Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is a combination of a grassroots and political organization merged together in 1997, which seeks to protect, defend and gain civil rights and to even the economic and educational playing fields in all aspects of American life and to bring peace to the world. RPC is the merger of Operation PUSH (founded in 1971) and the National Rainbow Coalition (founded in 1985).

VITAS Healthcare Corporation
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, is a pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, it is the nation’s largest provider of end-of-life care. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 40 hospice programs in 15 states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. VITAS is developing innovative programs to increase the awareness and utilization of hospice services to diverse populations.