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.
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).