SPEAKERS

Keynote Speaker: FRANK OSTASESKI

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. More info: https://fiveinvitations.com/

Plenary Speaker: DR. ELIZABETH ECKSTROM

Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, is Professor and Director of Geriatrics in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She leads the geriatrics practice within the OHSU Internal Medicine Clinic, championing geriatric best practices in the vibrant combined Division, and teaches students, residents and geriatric fellows. She is part of the OHSU Interprofessional Initiative, developing evaluation tools and leading interprofessional faculty development. Her research focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle in older adults, with an emphasis on tai chi for falls prevention. She also conducts studies to enhance interprofessional teamwork in falls prevention and has developed and tested electronic health record tools to facilitate uptake of evidence-based practices. She co-directs OHSU’s Healthy Aging Alliance.

PRESENTERS (In alphabetical Order):

Katie Hennessy, LCSW – Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss and Unforgiven Guilt
Kimberly E. Hiroto, PhD – Increasing Avocacy for Cultural Minority Groups Needing Palliative Care
Julia Kasl-Godley, PhD – Providing Palliative Care Services for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
William Kennedy, MD – Palliative Care in the Safety Net
Andy Kyler, RN, BSN, MBA & Sheryl Cherian – Journey to Inclusion: Building Equitable Access to End-of-Life Care
Jennifer Levi, LCSW – Partnering with the Interpreter Community: What Have we Been Missing?
Arian Nachat, MD, ABEM, ABHPM, ABPM-E, LAc-E – Parachutes for Pain: Palliative Care Pain Management in a Non-Opiate Era
Mary Jane O’Rourke, MSW, LCSW – Brainspotting: A Powerful Approach to Bereavement
Jennifer Smith, MSW, LCSW – An Ethical Lens with Which to Treat – Or not Treat: Leukemia Patients who Decline