Discern to Facilitate Discussion on Increasing Racial Equity in Nursing Homes

December 2020

The events of 2020—from the COVID-19 pandemic to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black Americans—have brought both systemic racism and disparities in health outcomes into sharp focus. Recognizing that these issues extend into the post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) industry, the Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative (AELTCC) is focusing its 2020 Summit on Mitigating Racial Inequities in PALTC. During the Summit on December 10, Discern Vice President and AELTCC Board Secretary Theresa Schmidt and colleague Sara Khan will facilitate a workgroup discussion on opportunities for increasing racial equity for nursing home residents and their families.

The Summit topic is of personal significance for Sara. “Over the past few months, I’ve witnessed a loved one enter into long-term care,” Sara said. “The language barrier between her and her care team, as well as the lack of familial presence due to COVID-19 visitation requirements, led to a disconnect in communication and heightened anxiety for my relative. Unfortunately, these situations are common in PALTC settings. I’m looking forward to participating in the Summit to help develop actionable strategies so that the experience my family had become much rarer.”

The virtual Summit offers three afternoon sessions to explore the current state of racial inequity in PALTC, develop actionable strategies for AELTCC and its partners to pursue, and promote positive change in the broader PALTC landscape. The event will also feature nationally known speakers including Freeman Hrabowski II, ​Larry Minnix, David Grabowski, Marvell Adams, Jr., and ​Arlene Bierman.

The Summit will be held on December 9-11 from 1:00-4:00 PM ET each day. Register for the free event here. For more information, contact Theresa Schmidt at tschmidt@discernhealth.com.

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