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The 2024 Annual Assembly is only weeks away! If you are attending, we encourage you to participate in the many Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) focused events.

Preconference Workshops

Recognizing and Leveraging Our Privilege Towards Allyship in Action (P05)
Wednesday, March 20 | 8am – 12pm

As we learn more about the impacts of implicit bias and discrimination and its role in health inequities, we as clinicians must make concerted efforts to educate ourselves on how to overcome these deficiencies. Active bystander and advocacy education can improve knowledge and confidence in interpreting and responding to both implicit bias and explicit discrimination in the clinical setting. Training in trauma-informed care can help clinicians better recognize and respond to trauma while actively resisting re-traumatization. Through combining didactics and skills-based practice, participants will transform from a bystander to an upstander and incorporate trauma-informed care. In this process, participants can be empowered to address the behaviors of others and be more sensitive to their own, often unconscious, biased behavior. The tools imparted in this workshop will allow participants to educate their colleagues and trainees at their individual healthcare settings.

Tackling Tough Conversations Words Matter: How Words and Phrases Shape Thoughts and Actions (and sometimes make us cringe!) (P14)
Wednesday, March 20 | 1:30pm – 5pm

This preconference builds upon the session Words Matter: Words and Phrases That Make Us Cringe, presented at the Annual Assembly in 2023. Using the theories of psychological schema and linguistic relativism as springboards for discussion, we will discuss how preconceived ideas, often unconscious, can impact our use – and misuse – of language and determine what we pay attention to and act on. This can result in unintended and harmful assumptions and actions about, for example, symptom management, family relationships, goals of care, and prognosis. Literacy level, culture and native language, and written language will also be explored.

Please call AAHPM Member Services at 847.375.4712 to register for these Pre-Conference Workshops.

Additional DEIB Events

Special Drag Queens Performance and Educational Showcase at Opening Reception
Wednesday, March 20 | 5:45pm

In addition to our inclusive range of entertainment, we have invited four glamourous drag queens to join us at the opening reception in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:45pm. Assembly attendees can enjoy three performances in the showcase theater space. Check show times upon arrival to the exhibit hall. There will be educational resources about drag history and performance available throughout the evening in the showcase theater. We look forward to an unforgettable, engaging, and entertaining experience.

Native American Hoop Dance and All Female Mariachi Band performances at Morning Keynote Sessions

Native American Hoop Dance – the hoop dance is a mesmerizing and spiritual Native American dance that has captured audiences across the United States. It is a beautiful expression of the circle of life, with the hoops representing the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth.

The heart of Mariachi Pasion is the common love and respect for mariachi music; the soul of the group is the desire to perform in an all-female mariachi. Having performed at various private and corporate functions, Mariachi Pasion is proud to share the beauty and emotion of mariachi music.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Focused Sessions

There will be more than 100 DEI focused educational sessions to attend throughout the conference.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Homerooms

Join the DEI homerooms, in-person or virtually on Thursday or Friday from 4:00 – 4:45pm. Meet with Faculty and peers to reflect and discuss the DEI sessions that were presented during the day.

Showcase: HPNA DEIB Initiatives and Education
Thursday, March 21 | 5:00pm

We invite you to explore the initiatives led by the HPNA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee. This engaging session offers a unique opportunity for attendees to discover the committee’s initiatives, strategies, and successes in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the hospice and palliative care landscape. Explore how HPNA is shaping the narrative, fostering a culture of belonging, and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities within the realm of hospice and palliative care. Come prepared to gain valuable insights, be inspired by real-world success stories, and share the experiences you have had involving diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your own professional journey.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reception

The AAHPM DEI Committee and HPNA DEIB Committee cordially invite you to join them on Friday, March 22 at 6:30pm for the annual DEI Reception. All are welcome to join attend for an enjoyable hour of networking. Food will be provided.

Voices of Hospice and Palliative Care Panel

Join us on-site or virtually for this new session on Saturday, March 23 at 11:15am. It will be livestreamed from the main stage as one of the closing concurrent sessions. This powerful panel will give voice to the diversity of people and stories within the field of hospice and palliative care through a series of short presentations in a moderated panel.

2024 Panelists:
Moderator: Sonia Malhotra, MD, MS, FAAP, FAAHPM
Rabia S. Atayee, Pharm.D., BCPS, APh, FAAHPM
Noelle Marie Javier, MD
Glen I. Komatsu, MD
Billy Rosa, PhD, MBE, APRN, FPCN

Quiet Space

A dedicated room for prayer and or reflection will be provided. This quiet room will also serve as a meditation space for individuals with other religious backgrounds or for anyone looking for a moment to reflect or pray. Annual Assembly is being presented during Ramadan, a limited supply of disposable prayer mats will be provided in this space for those who need them. Everyone is welcome in this space. Attendees can consult the City of Phoenix CVB to find a specific place of worship while in Phoenix.

Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care is working with SocialOffset!

Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care has partnered with SocialOffset to offer meeting attendees the opportunity to contribute to local organizations in Arizona that make a difference in people’s lives. Making a donation provides a way to channel the discomfort or internal conflict felt by some attendees about the location into meaningful action. We invite you to use this campaign to offset any tax spending in Arizona that doesn’t align with your values by supporting local charities that do. Details on how to give will come soon and information will be provided onsite.

Virtual Activities

Share your stories with us! This year we have two padlets to celebrate our diversity and uniqueness; Our Names: Our Stories and Meaningful Object Sharing. Feel free to add photos, video links, comment and like posts.

We want to acknowledge that members of our community may be experiencing stress, suffering, and/or encountering hate in their everyday lives, particularly with the current rise of antisemitism and Islamophobia. Our Annual Assembly DEI activities focus on celebrating belonging and building community. Thank you for taking care of each other and the people we serve.

We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix!