To ensure that people across all cultures and communities benefit from hospice care, Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, MSW, LCSW, FACHE, LHD, has published an article in the November issue of the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine with co-author Dona J. Reese, PhD, MSW, LCSW.

The article, “Organizational Barriers to Cultural Competence in Hospice,” was based on results from a national mixed-method study with directors of 207 hospices. The study was undertaken to identify major barriers to cultural competence, seek input on strategies to address those barriers, and make progress toward increasing access and utilization of hospice for diverse cultural groups.

“Across cultures, patients and their families approach the end of their journey in unique ways,” said Beckwith. “Hope’s professionals are experts in reaching out and sharing spiritual and emotional support to ease that journey. The comfort and care Hope Hospice provides connects all communities.”