2017 Pre-Conference Session

Jeff Cohn

Making the Difficult Conversation Simple(r)

Sun, April 2, 1 pm – 5 pm
Jeff Cohn, MD, MHCM
Medical Director, Common Practice


This half-day workshop will focus on the role of conversation leading to advance care planning and person-centered care for individuals with advancing serious illness. The event will include:

  • New information about:
    • Advancing serious illness
    • Knowledge/communication gaps being faced by patients with advancing serious illness, and how they vary by underlying conditions
    • Creating conditions for psychological safety, enabling communication about sensitive information comfortably and safely
  • An experience with an evidence-based communication tool, My Gift of Grace
  • Interactive activities that will lead to participants leaving the workshop with personal commitments to action regarding enhanced conversation with their patients dealing with advancing serious illness

In this video, Dr. Cohn talks about how effective tools can aid anyone in having these important conversations.CohnVidShot




The Florence Schorske Wald Lectureship was established by Derry Ann Moritz and Charles Shepard with the intentions of “providing a public forum for hearing a noted scholar in the area of palliative care/hospice/end-of-life care, and for drawing together faculty and care providers throughout the community to reflect on the care of persons who are dying.”

florence_waldFlorence Wald (April 19, 1917 – November 8, 2008) was an American nurse, former Dean of Yale School of Nursing, and largely credited as “the mother of the American hospice movement.” She led the founding of Connecticut Hospice, the first hospice program in the United States. Late in life, Wald became interested in the provision of hospice care within prisons. She was inducted into the ANA Hall of Fame. Read more about Florence Wald


This lectureship is sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Katherine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership.

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