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Driving Change: Healthcare Equity Summit 2023

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Join Lower Cape Fear LifeCare in exploring healthcare inequities in New Hanover County and identifying solutions to drive change, as it relates to hospice and palliative care. The summit offers healthcare professionals the opportunity to gain valuable information from diversity professionals and engage in frank discussions on breaking healthcare barriers that can prevent people from accessing services that could improve their quality of life. Unity within our medical community to acknowledge and work to reach all people and families is important.


Equity and the Impact to End-of-Life Care

Aparna Gupta, DNP, FACHE, CPHQ, CRNP
NHPCO’s Diversity Advisory Council

Approximately 1.5 million Americans access Medicare Hospice and Palliative Care benefits annually. Yet, significant disparities exist in diverse populations in accessing these care services. Gupta helps attendees understand hospice and palliative care through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and aims to break down barriers through knowledge sharing, data collection, and collaborative discussion.

Advancing Health Equity in the Cape Fear Region
(Home and Hospice Care)

Debra Farrington, BA in Psychology and LCSW
Chief Health Equity Office for NC DHHS

Historically and systematically, many people in North Carolina have been denied access to services, resources, and power relationships across economic, political, and cultural dimensions. Inequities continue due to systemic, durable, and persistent racism; discrimination; and other forms of oppression. Farrington examines regional health equity challenges and invites attendees to explore creative solutions to this ongoing problem.


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Driving Change: Health Equity Summit 2023

Register for Lower Cape Fear LifeCare's Health Equity Summit 2023


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Cultural Differences: The Hospice Choice

Cat Thomas, Theatre artist
associate member of The Stage
Directors and Choreographers Society

This short play, written and directed by Cat, highlights the emotional, intellectual and cultural challenges diverse communities face at the end of life, offering attendees exploration of the trials of engaging with diversity in healthcare.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact
Jason Clamme at
or 910.796.7943

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LCFL Health Equity Advisory Council

Betsy Graham, Veteran Services Officer, NHC Veterans Services

Rosalie Calarco, Associate State Director, AARP

Joe Conway, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, City of Wilmington

Daniel Ramirez Enriquez, Community Health Worker, Novant NHRMC

Brooke Vallely, Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Association

Althea Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Med North

Kandace Gray, Family Caregiver Specialist, Area Agency on Aging

Leah Mayo, Interim Dean Community Engagement & Health Equity, UNCW




Lower Cape Fear LifeCare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to the highest quality LifeCare, education, and supportive services to our patients, their families, and the communities we serve.


Hospice Honors

United Way

On January 1, 2020, Lower Cape Fear Hospice formally changed its name to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare to better represent the spectrum of care and support they provide those in our community.