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2021 SSA Conversation Series
In lieu of our annual conference, we will be curating a series of virtual conversations on current issues in aging starting in Spring 2022. To register for future events and see recordings of past events, please visit our Events page.


On 2/3/22, from 12-1:00pm, SSA will host Project Respect: LGBTQ+ Experiences with Healthcare Providers for Serious Illness as part of the SSA Conversation series. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community experiences discrimination and stigma in accessing health care and social services – including palliative, hospice, and long-term care. Professor Gary Stein and Professor Cathy Berkman will share the results of phase I of Project Respect, recently published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, which reported high levels of discrimination experienced by the community in accessing palliative care services.

Professors Stein and Berkman will also discuss phase II of Project Respect, which seeks to obtain LGBTQ+ community experiences with healthcare providers in obtaining care for serious illness. They will also discuss implications for future research, institutional and public policy, and practice, including current policy barriers to respectful and non-discriminatory care, and the importance of staff training to address inadequate knowledge and discriminatory behaviors. Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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