TMC’s Patrick Smith to lead grant supporting efforts to overcome racial inequities in health care

A two-year $250,000 grant from the John and Wauna Harman Foundation will support a new Duke Divinity School program aimed at reducing racial disparities in advance care planning and overcoming racial inequities in health care. The Advance Care Planning and Healthy Living Through Faith (ACP-HLTF) program will help strengthen the capacity of the African American Advance Care Planning/Palliative Care (AA ACP/PC) Network to develop a community of clinicians, clergy, and scholars whose joint work improves the health and health care experiences of African Americans throughout their lives, with particular attention to the end of life.

Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics Patrick T. Smith, is the faculty director of the program, which continues a legacy of work led by the late Dr. Richard Payne, who was the Esther Colliflower Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School….

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