Featured Plenary Sessions
We are excited to share the 2021 plenary speakers for the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, available from anywhere. These sessions are designed to stimulate new thinking and conversation.
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD MBE FAAP
The Auspicious Opportunity of Digital Innovation
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD MBE FAAP is a board-certified pediatrician and a leading innovator in digital health, innovation, and prevention. Her social media channels have translated science and medical information to millions around the world. Quoted widely in the media on pediatrics, health and innovation, she serves on the Board of Advisors for Parents Magazine and is a platinum fellow and advisor to the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media.
Drawing on her experiences as Chief of Digital Innovation for Seattle Children’s Hospital, as well as her broader observations now working with prevention focused start-ups, and her long-standing work in the media, Dr. Swanson shows how technology can create efficient communication solutions while enhancing patient care, caregiver, and family experience.
Tammie Quest, MD FAAHPM; Ronit Elk, PhD; VJ Periyakoil, MD
Timothy E. Quill, MD MACP FAAHPM, moderator
It's Time for Justice: Racial and Ethnic Equity in Hospice and Palliative Care
Thursday, February 18, 2021
What would racial equity and justice look like in hospice and palliative care? The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the structural racism within US culture and the resulting healthcare inequities. What do we need to know and do to advance equity and justice in the care we provide and in the systems within which we provide care? The panelists will explore the broad concepts and key concerns of racism, share insights from the research and programs they have developed to advance justice, and provide solution-based opportunities that we can carry into our work.
Debra Jarvis, MDiv BBC
Everybody Matters: What Last Year Taught Us For This Year
Friday, February 19, 2021
Debra Jarvis, MA MDiv practices as a hospice chaplain and is known as the irreverent reverend with something to say. She is the author of It’s Not About the Hair: and Other Certainties of Life & Cancer and hosts and produces the soon-to-be-released podcast The Final Say: Conversations with People Facing Death. As writer-in-residence for Seattle’s University United Church of Christ, she regularly posts for their blog The Comma.