Community Engagement Webinars

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Black History Month Discussion: The Future of End-of-Life Care

Aired: February 20, 2024

Watch this engaging and intimate examination of the challenges and opportunities facing end-of-life care in today’s society. Moderated by Dr. Sonja Richmond, internist and National Medical Director for Compassion & Choices, she is joined by our former Doctors For Dignity (D4D) interns Sydney Reed, Caylon Pettis and D’Monte Farley.

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Catholics for Compassion: Living and Dying According to Conscience

Aired: May 2, 2022
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Dignity, Death and Disability: A Discussion

Aired: March 31, 2022

Recorded march 31, 2022

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Stories of Integrity: California PRIDE & End-of-Life Options

Aired: June 29, 2021

Join California storytellers to hear about their fight for equitable end-of-life care during the AIDS epidemic. We’ll remember and honor LGBTQ+ Californians who have used the law and honor those who have or will experience barriers to accessing the option.

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“Bob’s Choice” Filmmakers Q&A Honoring Pride Month

Aired: June 10, 2021

Documentarians John Sharify and Joseph Huerta joined Compassion & Choices Midwest Advocacy Manager Amy Sherman for a Q&A about the documentary “Bob’s Choice: Why a Seattle Man Chose Death With Dignity.” The discussion explored how Washington’s medical aid-in-dying law helped Bob Fuller, a 75-year-old gay Seattle man with cancer, end his suffering and die in accordance with his values.

A recovering alcoholic, sober for 35 years, Bob Fuller sponsored more than 100 recovering alcoholics through Alcoholics Anonymous. He was instrumental in the LGBTQ community, running the voucher program with Peer Seattle, which offers support services. Music was also a big part of Fuller’s life. Fuller was one of the founding members of the Seattle Men’s Chorus, singing with the group from 1979 to 1984.

This event was co-sponsored by Howard Brown Health, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, Prairie Pride Coalition, Uniting Pride of Champaign County, Rainbow Cafe LGBTQ Center – Carbondale and the Illinois Eagle.

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Black History Month Webinar: End-of-Life Empowerment and the Faith Community

Aired: February 18, 2021

This webinar focuses on end-of-life education and planning from a faith perspective with our panel of distinguished and influential leaders in the faith community. Their first-hand knowledge and experience working with individuals, families and the community on issues surrounding end-of-life planning and care, as well as the psychological impact of death and grief will guide the conversation.

  • Dr. Jeff Gardere, “America’s Psychologist,” Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and ordained Interfaith Minister with a Doctorate in Divinity from The New Seminary
  • Rev. Charles McNeill, Pastor, Unity Baptist Church-Washington, D.C.; President, National Capital Baptist Convention; Member, Compassion & Choices African American Leadership Council
  • Rev. Dr. Carolyn Gilmore, Pastor, Galatians Baptist Church-Washington, D.C.
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Engaging Communities of Color: Ensuring All Americans Are Prepared for the Inevitable End of Life

Aired: May 26, 2020

Healthcare disparities among both the African American and Latino communities have long existed. Alarming data on the COVID-19 pandemic underscore these disturbing inequities. In addition to concerns of access to healthcare, how we communicate to and engage with different communities remains an ongoing challenge. Our panel will explore the complexities of healthcare disparities among African Americans and Latinos, share messaging best practices, and lead a discussion on engagement strategies.


  • Tony Jemison, National Constituency Manager for Compassion & Choices
  • Maria Otero, National Latino Outreach Manager for Compassion & Choices
  • Dr. Rebecca Thoman, Doctors for Dignity Program Manager for Compassion & Choices
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