Published on September 28, 2018 by Sarah Waller  

Samford University’s Center for Faith and Health partnered with Alacare Home Health and Hospice to host the annual Palliative Care Conference, Sept 27, on Samford’s campus. 

The conference spotlighted select aspects of end-of-life care through educational content and stories from actual cases, all to increase detailed awareness towards this critical arena of biopsychosocial-spiritual health care in light of our aging society.

Throughout the day, experts spoke on topics of nutrition, cultural diversity and facilitating difficult conversation as related to the end-of-life.

“As you approach this type of care, you have to ask yourself the question: What truly matters at the end of life,” said Miriam Gaines, assistant professor in Samford’s School of Public Health who spoke on the topic of nutrition.

Those in attendance represented students and health care professionals a from variety of health care disciplines, 

“The College of Health Sciences is grateful for our partnership with Alacare Home Health and Hospice to offer unique learning opportunities for our students and area health care professionals. Programs like the palliative care conference enhance the education of our students tremendously,” said Michael Hogue, associate dean of the Center for Faith and Health.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.