From 1:00-2:30 we invite you to select the break-out session which most closely aligns with your interests and training needs.  Handouts for all sessions will be available for all attendees. 

The LEARN Model of Cross-Cultural Care

Beginning ACP conversations is difficult at best. When adding the complexities of race, ethnicity, heritage, tradition, age, economics and education, patient-centered care becomes particularly challenging.  This session demonstrates the international LEARN Model of cross-cultural communications in the healthcare setting. Participants will demonstrate during the session how to effectively use this model in any cross-cultural ACP conversation. 

LEARN is an acronym for five vitally important things that every health care provider must demonstrate with every patient: Listen, Explain, Acknowledge, Recommend and Negotiate

Michael Westerhaus, MD, MA

Michael is an internal medicine primary care physician at the Center for International Health in St. Paul, MN, which provides care to refugees and immigrants. As a member of the Global Health Faculty at the University of Minnesota, he works both in Minnesota and in northern Uganda to improve community-based primary care delivery, teach about the social determinants of health, and build partnerships based upon respect and equality that advance health for all. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2006 and completed the Global Health Equity residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2010. He also received a Master’s in medical anthropology from Harvard University in 2005 and currently conducts ethnographic research on the intersection of primary care delivery, global health, and the intersection of structural forces with the personal lives of patients and health workers.

  Developing an ACP Program within a Healthcare Setting

As interest in and appreciation of the value of Advance Care Planning grows, more and more healthcare organizations are developing a system-wide formal ACP program. 

Moderated by Dr. Kent Wilson, founding Medical Director of Honoring Choices, this panel discussion will include ACP Coordinators and Champions who will share how ACP programs developed within their systems.

Among topics to be covered:
  • Staff Training - deciding who and how many
  • Leadership Commitment - how to help management understand the value of ACP
  • Records - examples of ways to include ACP in the patient's EMR 
  • Challenges - shared stories of what was particularly difficult along the way
  • Successes - shared stories of the success enjoyed by ACP teams
  • Q & A - plenty of time for audience members to ask their questions, with possible division in to sub-groups based on size and maturity of program.
ACP Without a Stethoscope

ACP is a national movement.  From The Conversation Project to Five Wishes, organizations and discussions are happening at all levels, and the media is noticing.

In this session, we will focus on how individuals who are not healthcare professionals can get more involved with Honoring Choices and the ACP movement.  We'll compare volunteer opportunities, ACP programs in non-medical settings such as Corporate Wellness, Law Firms, Faith Communities, and Civic and Special-Interest Organizations.

We'll look at how ACP is portrayed in the media and discuss pros and cons related to the public image of end-of-life cares and options. 

Led by Honoring Choices Program Manager Karen Peterson, this session willalso include input from several volunteers and dedicated professionals who have made ACP a significant focus in their lives.  Participants will be asked to share experiences and offer suggestions for future follow-up for Honoring Choices.
  Jewish and Muslim Perspectives in ACP: Understanding Similarities and Differences

This session explores Jewish and Muslim end-of-life care beliefs and preferences in end-of-life care and decision making. 


During this presentation, Rabbi Michael Latz of Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis, and Dr. Hamdy El-Sawaf, a noted Imam, Professor and founder of many Islamic instutions in Minnesota, will share
  • How faith impacts decision-making when discussing ACP
  • How families make end-of-life care decisions
  • What ACP facilitators should know when bringing Jewish or Muslim families together in end-of-life discussions
  • Descriptions of interfaith variations in Jewish and Muslim end-of-life beliefs
  • Offer help for providers to best avoid stereotyping and making inaccurate conclusions

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