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Digital Seminar

Culture into Practice: Improving the End of Life Experience

Latasha Ellis, PhD, LCSW, LISW-CP, OSW-C
3 Hours
Audio and Video
Oct 19, 2023
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Death is a natural part of the life. The process of dying is as important as the birthing process and all other stages of life. With unique backgrounds, values, and beliefs, individuals bring different needs and expectations to the dying process. It is imperative that healthcare professionals understand, value, and deliver end of life care that is unique to each patient and their family.  

Culture plays a significant role in how individuals view themselves and their role in the family and the world around them. Therefore, patients’ approach to illness and death is directly impacted by cultural factors. End of life care should be personalized with the patient’s cultural factors in mind. This webinar will provide important factors and practices to consider when delivering culturally responsive end of life care. 


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Latasha Ellis, PhD, LCSW, LISW-CP, OSW-C, a licensed clinical social worker, entrepreneur, and educator with over 22 years of post-graduate experience in the field of medical social work and mental health. For over 16 years, she has committed her career to working in an acute care hospital serving patients with chronic illness, more specifically patients with end stage renal disease, cancer, cardiac disease, and chronic lung disease. Dr. Ellis is currently a certified oncology social worker through the American Board of Oncology Social Workers. During her tenure, she developed the hospital’s psychosocial oncology program, which provides programs and services to assist oncology patients adjust to the emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Though currently in private practice, Dr. Ellis continues to work closely with area primary care providers to help patients managing chronic illness, understand advance care planning, and bridge the gap between physical health and emotional health.

Dr. Ellis values the impact of culture on healthcare practices, outcomes, and the patient-provider relationship. Her research titled, Culture into Practice: African American Doctor-Patient Dyad, explored the subjective experience of African American general practitioners as they treated same race patients with depression.

In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Ellis is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Walden University School of Social Work. She has also presented live seminars on topics like “Managing Challenging Patient and Family Behaviors” and “Challenging Geriatric Behaviors.”

Dr. Ellis holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Morgan State University, a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Institute for Clinical Social Workers in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Ellis also holds a Certificate of Clinical Supervision from the National Association of Social Workers, a Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care from the University of Michigan School of Social Work.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Latasha Ellis maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Latasha Ellis has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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  1. Evaluate culture and culture humility for individual patient considerations. 
  2. Analyze major categories of cultural influence on end-of-life beliefs and decisions.   
  3. Explore how culture impacts the end-of-life experience. 
  4. Discuss practice considerations to improve patients' end-of-life experiences while honoring cultural preferences. 
  5. Determine the impact of social determinants of health on the quality of comfort care and end-of-life. 


Improving the End-of-Life experience 

  • Cultural care considerations 
    • Culture 
    • Culture humility 
    • Provider’s self-assessment 
  • Categories of cultural influence (understanding values, belief, preferences of EOL care) 
    • Race/ethnicity 
    • Religion  
    • Geographical region 
    • Socio-economic status  
  • Social drivers of health 
    • Education access and quality 
    • Access to quality healthcare 
    • Economic stability 
    • Social and community context 
    • Neighborhoods and built environments 

Exploring the patient’s end of life preferences  

  • Preparing for your death experience. 
  • Meaning and purpose (Viktor Frankel) 
  • Dying gracefully 
  • Family dynamics 
  • Leaving a legacy 


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