Challenging Issues Panel
September 21st, 2019
13:45 — 15:15
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN—ILLUMINATING POSSIBILITIES FOR A MORE EQUITABLE PALLIATIVE CARE ETHOS: FRONTLINE LESSONS FROM THE INNER-CITY ROOMING HOUSE CONTEXT
Wendy Muckle, Executive Director, Inner City Health
- Danielle Rolfe
- Ed Kucerak
- Robert Jamison
- Catherine Hacksel
- Elise Skinner
People living in rooming houses in inner-cities face poverty, addiction and mental illness that often leads to their premature death in the isolation of a room or the street. Despite the significant and unmet needs experienced by these individuals, they are often excluded from accessing conventional palliative care services. Blue Roses is a documentary developed to tell the story of people living in rooming houses that need palliative care and are often invisible to formal care providers: they fall in the gap between stable housing and homeless shelters where palliative care is increasingly accessed. This panel comprised of people with lived experience, filmmakers, and health care providers, will explore opportunities to improve access to palliative care and highlight how the unmet needs in our communities are an invitation to a more expansive delineation of the palliative care ethos.
- Broaden participants’ awareness of and sensitivity to the unmet needs of vulnerable populations requiring palliative care supports.
- Foster learning about community engagement and activism as strategies to promote equitable access to palliative care.
- Generate awareness of the importance of spiritual care and grief supports for communities suffering compounded losses from the opiate overdose crisis.
- Gain a deepened understanding of the imperative to incorporate a health equity approach in the planning and delivery of all end of life care.