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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Trillium Institute hosted Dr. Christian Sinclair for an initial community forum on December 10, 2014 at the Grand Valley Seidman School of Business. The event, which drew 120 participants, focused on the report from the National Institutes of Health on Dying in America. Dr. Sinclair was one of the authors of the report which highlighted several recommendations for improving end-of-life care, including the growth and development of palliative care services.

The event was moderated by Dr. John Mulder, Medical Director for Trillium Institute. Following Dr. Sinclair’s comments, three panelists shared their perspectives. James Haveman, former Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, commended the report and affirmed its positive message for the State of Michigan. Mary Anne Gorman, Executive Director of Harbor Hospice, affirmed the importance of increasing access to hospice services through palliative care. Julie Wallace spoke as a community activist about the benefits of palliative care for the broader community.

The community forum was co-sponsored by Making Choices Michigan, Spectrum Health MyLife Care Planning, and the Koeze Business Ethics Initiative at Seidman.



November, 28, 2014-  MLIVE:  Holland Home launches new institute aimed at improving end-of-life care   Link

November, 30, 2014-  MLIVE:  Forum on end-of-life care includes author of recent ‘Dying in America’ report    Link

December, 10, 2014-  WOODTV 8:  GVSU hosting public forum on end-of-life care     Link


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