September 17, 2020

Diversity at the End of Life

Diversity at the End of Life

Now Streaming On-Demand | Originally Aired 9-17-2020

Understanding comes from knowing, which is why AuthoraCare Collective has partnered with the Alamance Chamber, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Fox Rothschild LLP and Cone Health to explore the impact of health disparities and the opportunities for intentional inclusion in our businesses and communities.
Join us on September 17 to hear panelists Marisette Hasan, Rev. Dr. James Fisher, Mary Manley and April Herring discuss Diversity at End of Life.
This webinar is the last in a 3-part series focusing on understanding and increasing our knowledge of health disparities and diversity at the end of life. We will discuss how the end of life experience is affected by limited knowledge about and trust in available services such as palliative care and hospice. The role of the faith community and partnerships with the health care community will also be a part of our conversation.

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• Increase knowledge of how health disparities affect end of life care
• Learn why services like palliative care and hospice are underutilized
• Learn why it is important for the health care community to build relationship and trust with the faith community


Rev. Dr. James W. Fisher A native of Greenwood, SC, Dr. Fisher was licensed to preach The Gospel on October 6, 1986. Prior to his arrival at Saint Paul, Dr. Fisher served as pastor of Jacob Chapel Baptist Church in Greenwood. Equipped by his formal education in Theology and personal life experiences, as guided by the Holy Spirit, Pastor Fisher continues to transform his ministry into one focused on Kingdom work. A vital part of this Kingdom work, he believes, is caring for God’s most vulnerable – the elderly and the poor. In the year 2000, Dr. Fisher established the Senior Adult program known as “Senior Travelers”. This program offers education, support and socialization for Seniors. Participants meet monthly and often travel by the busloads to different recreational sites and educational workshops.

Marisette Hasan BSN, RN, began her role as CEO & President at The Carolinas Center in 2018, following a career in healthcare and hospice. Marisette graduated from the University of SC and began her career as oncology nurse in 1981. She soon discovered a love for caring for her patients in a holistic manner and throughout the continuum of their illness. Hospice was a perfect fit. Marisette’s hospice experience began in 1985 and since then she has served in various roles, from hospice nurse to administrator with hospital programs and independent community programs. In her role with The Carolinas Center, she works with community stakeholders engaged in the delivery of end of life care in diverse settings, in addition to working with hospice and palliative care providers. Marisette believes that when we build bridges through common agendas and collaborative partnerships, we can do amazing work and improve the care of all South Carolinians living with advanced illness. Marisette lives in Columbia with her husband.

April Herring is the Community Education/Outreach Coordinator and Faith Community Liaison for AuthoraCare Collective. She coordinates community-based educational programs and provides outreach focused on promoting awareness and relationship building through partnerships and collaboration. Years of working as part of the hospice interdisciplinary team, being a caregiver recipient of Hospice services and being a long-time Hospice volunteer, enable her to bring personal, real-life experience into her work. April is an ordained minister and serves as Associate Pastor of Godly Faith Christian Center in Greensboro.

Mary Manley is the Director of Sales and Marketing with AuthoraCare Collective. Mary is a native of Greensboro, NC. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Communications and Political Science from North Carolina State University.
Throughout her career, Mary has been an avid proponent of honoring and caring for our seniors. She has served as Director of Marketing at The Christian Counseling & Wellness Group, Director of Admissions at Alamance Health Care Center, and Business Development Yield Manager for Community Home Care & Hospice. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Elon University Anatomical Gifts Program and is an active participant in a number of senior citizens advocacy initiatives.
Her work in the senior care industry has turned her passion into a 20-year career of advocating for the disenfranchised, compassionate and quality care for seniors, and the rights of everyone to die with dignity and respect. Having recently lost her beloved mother, Mary knows, firsthand, the value of advanced care planning and what excellence in end-of-life care means to patients and their families.


Risa Hanau, LCSW is the Director of Education at AuthoraCare Collective. Risa is a seasoned presenter and teacher in the area of end-of-life and ethics. She is a member of the Cone Health Ethics Committee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker by training and holds a Master of Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania.