The 2018 Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Karen Bullock, Ph.D., professor and head of the department of social work at North Carolina State University. Her topic will focus on racial disparities in end-of-life care, an area she wrote about extensively in her award-winning article The Influence of Culture on End-of-Life Decision Making.
Overview: Medical advances have made it possible for people to live longer with chronic and terminal illnesses. Hospice and palliative care have become the gold standard for a good death, treating patients’ symptoms, while eliminating protracted, painful, end-of-life experiences. Data show racial and ethnic differences in the utilization hospice and palliative care, across groups. For example, while people of color comprise about 27% of the U.S. population, approximately 87% of all these services provided in the U.S. are received by White, non-Hispanic, older adults. Expected to be majority by 2050, people of color are more likely to experience greater chronic disease-related mortality and morbidity rates. While all people in the U.S. are living longer with chronic/ non curable illness and disease, the disparity in health service access and utilization for all people are of concern for those of us who spend our careers searching for answers that will lead to the elimination of barriers and improve the quality of life, until the end. This lecture identifies numerous challenges that practitioners confront, in general, as the U.S. becomes increasingly more diverse, and more especially, for those us who see cultural competence as a tool for improving access to resources across groups; and across practice paradigms and populations. Finally, it examines the complexities of cultural diversity and explains how lack of inclusiveness and attention to diversity affect all aspects of our lives in practice and in our communities.
Karen Bullock, Ph.D. is Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, her Master’s degree in Social Work, from Columbia University, and her Bachelor of Social Work degree from North Carolina State. She is Affiliate Faculty at the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Prevention (InCHIP) at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Bullock has more than 20 years of clinical practice experience in mental health and aging, with interests and expertise in health care disparities and end-of-life care issues. She is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar and serves on several national boards and committees, including AGE-SW, Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), the American Cancer Society (ACS) Oncology Social Work Research Peer Review Committee, and is current Chair of the NASW Mental Health Section Committee. Dr. Bullock's research focuses on cancer care and social support for older adults with non-curable illnesses.
Her article on The Influence of Culture on End-of-Life Decision Making, won the 2012 Best Article Award by the Routledge Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care. She has been a leading force in advancing social work practice, education, and training in gerontology, mental health, palliative and end-of-life care. She has been quoted in the Washington Post, USA Today and LA Times as an expert in these areas. Dr. Bullock has published and presented nationally and internationally on these topics. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and previously held appointments at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, the University of Connecticut, Salem State College, Smith College, and UNC-Wilmington.
Social Work CEU's will be provided. (1.5 units) Event is free and open to the public. Free parking available in Lot D-3 under the IH-35 bridge. See map.