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Anam Cara: The Non-Medical Social Model for Hospice Care with Mitcheal Metzner, PhD

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM



Thursday April 30, 2015

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


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Join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Mitcheal Metzner, PhD, who is the CEO of Gabriel's House at Anam Cara, a non-medical hospice house based on the social model for end-of-life care. They will discuss the recent resurgence of interest in the social model for hospice care and how it may change the future of end-of-life care.


In this interview you will learn:


  • the history of the non-medical social model for hospice care
  • the difference between the non-medical social model and the medical inpatient model of hospice care
  • how to overcome community resistance to neighborhood hospice care
  • guidelines for starting a social model hospice house
  • how Anam Cara is meeting the challenges of being a small stand-alone non-profit organization


Mitcheal Metzner has been President and CEO of Anam Cara since January 2013. Dr. Metzner has over thirty years of experience in public health science, clinical and behavioral research, and education. His distinguished career in social service leadership positions in nonprofit organizations includes Director of Operations, American Red Cross Puerto Rico Chapter; Workplace HIV/AIDS Program Manager, American Red Cross National Headquarters; Group Facilitator/Case Manager, Jewish Family Service; and Research Health Counselor, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. He has extensive experience in acute and long-term care organizations, and has served as president and executive director for profit and nonprofit community development organizations. He has also served as Los Angeles Chapter Director and lead trainer for The Twilight Brigade, a national nonprofit hospice training and veteran service organization.


Dr. Metzner has worked with many private and government agencies developing policy and regulatory practices, including the White House, helping President Clinton’s administration draft the Memorandum on AIDS and leading HIV training for White House staff. He reviewed and edited the Americans with Disabilities Act and Surgeon General Koop’s national public health policy, and has drafted policies and congressional testimony. A well-known public health scientist, Dr. Metzner’s skills and knowledge areas include: HIV, hepatitis C, influenza, TB, substance abuse, clinical epidemiology and behavioral psychology research, instruction and training, public health policy and education, and end of life care.


Website: www.anamcarala.org

Categories: Hospice, Care of the Dying