Many African Americans don’t like to talk about their healthcare wishes as they age. As a result, families aren’t aware of their loved ones’ desires for end-of-life care. And unfortunately, when a healthcare emergency occurs, they don’t have a plan in place for how to care for their family members.
Too many times, families are torn apart when these untimely circumstances occur, and experience all types of guilt, anger, and even shame. No family should have doubts about the care their loved ones desire.
The Let’s Talk About ACP™ (Advance Care Planning) program helps local leaders and organizations educate their communities about issues of end-of-life-care and advance care planning. It is the most comprehensive resource for starting these important conversations and putting plans in place.
Let’s Talk About ACP™ provides everything needed to facilitate an ACP workshop at your church, community group, or organization. As a certified facilitator, you’ll have access to a facilitator guide, PowerPoint presentation, video library, and worksheet library… all designed to help people of color make more informed healthcare decisions.
From both education and experience, I know the devastating effects of inequitable care and service. I understand how medical professionals speaking “med language” rather than “community language” can lead to misunderstandings and mistrust. After dealing with these issues with family members’ care and facing my own near-death experience, I realized something needed to change.
Most healthcare education programs come from the dominant culture and do not necessarily address the needs of communities of color in culturally relevant ways. As a Black woman with both a Master’s degree in Social Work and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership Policy and Foundations, I am uniquely positioned to speak to both client areas—the healthcare professional and the individual and community level client.
I developed the Let’s Talk About ACP™ program to help local leaders educate and empower their communities on issues of end-of-life care and advance care planning. My prayer is that the families and caregivers you serve will be equipped to prepare for life after now (P.L.A.N.).
Gloria Thomas Anderson, Ph.D., LMSW
Advance Care Planning Expert and Author
Let’s Talk About ACP™ is great for any community group or organization that wants to help people of color achieve certainty in their healthcare planning and access to more equitable healthcare treatment.
For pastors and ministry leaders, Let’s Talk About ACP™ is a great way to address end-of-life care in a faith-based manner.
Let’s Talk About ACP™ is a valuable resource to groups and organizations that serve African Americans.
Let’s Talk About ACP™ provides much-needed education and empowerment to those who are underserved in the community.
By sponsoring Let’s Talk About ACP™ workshops in their communities, organizations such as hospitals, hospices, insurance providers, and funeral homes can help close healthcare disparity gaps for Black people and establish trust and goodwill in the areas they serve.
As a church, ministry, or nonprofit, you can become a licensed facilitator of the program. Host as many workshops as you'd like for your members or community.
If you'd like to host a one-off Let's Talk About ACP™ workshop, we can facilitate a virtual session for your group.
Your business or organization can sponsor another organization as a program facilitator. This is a great way to bridge the healthcare disparity gap and build trust in the community.
Many African Americans hesitate to talk about advance care planning, or ACP, with their families. Sadly, when they have a health emergency and can’t communicate their wishes, their family members aren’t aware of the kind of care they want. Would their loved one want to be resuscitated? Intubated? This uncertainty just adds to the stress and anxiety of a healthcare emergency. No family should have to wonder what their loved ones’ would want for their care.
Following her own medical emergency, Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson experienced this first-hand when she suffered inequitable treatment and a near-death experience. She created the Let’s Talk About ACP™ program to help prevent the same thing from happening to other African Americans. Let’s Talk About ACP™ addresses African American concerns about healthcare and end-of-life planning in a culturally-relevant way, equipping participants to feel confident and at peace about their healthcare decisions.
The Let’s Talk About ACP™ program is designed for organizations such as churches and community groups to educate their communities about the importance of advance care planning. The process to become a facilitator is simple:
If you’re a healthcare organization, such as a hospital or hospice, you can sponsor Let’s Talk About ACP™ workshops in your area. This is a great way for your organization to build trust and bridge the healthcare gap in the African-American community.
We invite you to schedule a call with us today to learn more about hosting or sponsoring Let’s Talk About ACP™. Take an active step to address healthcare mistrust and help families achieve greater peace and certainty in their healthcare preferences.
Join Let’s Talk About ACP™ to help address healthcare disparities
in advance care planning for the African-American community.