Interdisciplinary Training

African American End-of-Life Care

Detroit, Mich.

November 18, 2011 to November 19, 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 training, offered by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life (ICEOL), 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.

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 Detroit Conference Location

Shriners Silver Garden Events Center
24350 Southfield Road, Southfield, MI 48075
Telephone: (248)569-2299


Free onsite parking is available at the Shriners Silver Garden Events Center.

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.


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



Friday November 18, 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, November 19, 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 members 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.

Sharon Kelly West, RN,
Manager, Women Veterans Services, Charles George V.A. Medical Center, Asheville, NC

Hotel Accommodations

The Westin Southfield Detroit
1500 Town Center
Southfield, Michigan  48075
Phone: (248) 827-4000

Mention that you are with the APPEAL conference at the Shriners Silver Garden Events Center to get our discounted rate of $99.00/night.

Free shuttle service to the conference site is available from the hotel.



Free parking is available onsite at the hotel.

The Shriners Silver Garden Events Center is a fully handicapped-accessible facility. The Duke School of Medicine, St. John/Providence Health System, 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) 660-3586 or

Registration Fees

Early bird registration: $149.00 per person if completed by Thursday, October 20.
Standard registration
: $175.00 per person on or after October 21.

Online registration for the Detroit APPEAL is now closed. For more information, please contact Liz Distefano by email or by phone: (586) 753-1260.

Participants will receive:

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

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 before November 1, 2011. No refunds will be issued after this date. No-shows are not eligible for a refund.

Online Payment Questions

Contact Leadership Education at Duke Divinity at (919) 613-5323.

All other questions about APPEAL

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