"Last Miles Home" 2004 Conference Explores End-of-Life Care for African Americans

National conference and community meetings on African-American perspectives on end-of-life care

On February 26–28, 2004, Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., sponsored a conference in Atlanta entitled "The Last Miles of the Way Home: A National Conference to Improve End-of-Life Care for African Americans."

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.

Key Results

  • More than 320 people attended the conference.

  • Conference topics included:

    • pain and palliative care
    • patient/provider communications
    • advance care planning
    • hospice care, and others.
  • Eleven commissioned papers written on topics related to the most important themes of the conference are planned for release in late 2005 (under RWJF grant ID# 051815).