The 8th Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Conference About Palliative and End of Life Care        November 30, 2017

About the Collaborative

The Collaborative for Palliative Care is a broad-based consortium of over 50 public and private organizations including hospitals, universities, hospices, home care organizations, medical groups 
and social service providers dedicated to the understanding of palliative care and end of life issues. The Collaborative has convened seven major conferences over the past 12 years, bringing together speakers who are well known nationally and have made significant contributions to the field of palliative care. Collectively these conferences have been attended by over 2,500 professionals from 
a variety of settings, including physicians, social workers, nurses, chaplains, lawyers, health care managers, ethicists, educators and others. The Collaborative for Palliative Care meets regularly to promote greater understanding of palliative care in the region and across the state, and to support 
the capacity-building of provider members and the larger community.

Conference Program Planning Committee:

  • Melissa Lang, DrPH, MPA, MA, Chief Executive Officer, Gilda’s Club Westchester
  • Jean LePere, MPH, MS, New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence
  • Cornelia Schimert, RN, BSN, Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley

Committee Members:
  • Candace Abdoo, RN, BSN, CHPN, Calvary Hospital
  • Lauren Berger, MPH                  Senior Director, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Sharon Bronner, DNP, MSN, APRN, GNP-BC, Clinical Services Manager,  Optum Care
  • Laura Himmelstein, LMSW, CHTP, White Plains Hospital
  • Rose Anne Indelicato, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, OCN, Montefiore New Rochelle
  • Caroline Kornhauser, MPH        Senior Manager, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Julie Meade, Executive Director, Cancer Support Team
  • Mary Beth Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD, President, Collaborative for Palliative Care
  • Barney Newman, MD, WestMed, Medical Director, Emeritus
  • Bruce Page, MAT, M.Div., Hospice of Westchester
  • Marjorie Thorpe, LMSW, Care Manager, Sherwood Associates
  • Heidi Weiss, LCSW, Westchester Jewish Community Services

Who Should Attend?

Physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers (beginning, intermediate and advanced), chaplains, clergy, lawyers, care and case managers, administrators, ethicists, educators, psychologists, therapists, complementary care practitioners and interested individuals and members of the community.


Conference presenters will discuss the importance of person-centered care and the ethical responsibilities of health care providers to facilitate shared decision-making – to incorporate the patient’s individual values and preferences – in order to provide the best care possible. 

Themes will include palliative care and health disparities, the customization of palliative care approaches for the most vulnerable persons in our community, and enhancing communication and support for patients, caregivers and families.

Conference Goal

This conference will address palliative care issues in the larger context of the challenges and opportunities presented by healthcare transformation, while considering the growing mandate for person-centered care, increasing access for the most vulnerable, and achieving the best care possible through the end of life.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing education credits for Nurses, Social Workers and Physicians will be provided. For details see section on CEU’s.