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Friday April 21st, 2017
Doty Education Center - Intermountain Medical Center Campus
5121 Cottonwood St, Murray, UT 84107

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HealthInsight is hosting a collaborative community event to promote end of life care awareness and the importance of communicating. Patients, families, researchers, providers, policymakers, payers and the local community are invited to this event to participate in interactive presentations and discussions. We will address end of life care issues in Utah and encourage community member input on planning conversations, addressing communication barriers, and fostering alliances between patients and providers.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this conference, participants will:

  • Understand why advance care planning is important to you
  • Know how to share advance care planning decisions with your family and health care providers
  • Be able to effectively address advance care planning communication barriers within your family
  • Be able to find the appropriate tools, resources, and contacts for you and your family's advance care planning needs

Read about the highlights and feedback from last year's End of Life summit in the event report.

This event was co-designed with partners from the Utah Department of Health, Intermountain Healthcare, the Utah Commission on Aging, Utah Health Information Network, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, the University of Utah, and the Cambia Health Foundation.

Event Agenda




8-8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Main Auditorium

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Juliana Preston, MPA, HealthInsight

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Keynote Address
Anthony L. Back, MD, University of Washington

9:45-10 a.m.


10:00- 11:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Cultural Perspectives for Advance Care Planning;;
Moderated by Mark Hiatt, MD, MBA, MS, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah

11:30- 12:45 p.m.

Breakout Session A:
A. Successful Conversations: How to talk advance care planning with your loved ones
Learn and practice positive communication techniques and overcoming common challenges when discussing end of life care with family members.

B. You Had the Conversation, Now What? Documenting your preferences to make your wishes known
Ensure the care you and your loved ones want by understanding documentation requirements and answers to common questions.

Breakout Rooms

12:45- 1:25 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

Main Auditorium

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session B:
A. Successful Conversations: How to talk advance care planning with your loved ones (repeating breakout)

B. You Had the Conversation, Now What? Documenting your preferences to make your wishes known (repeating breakout)

Breakout Rooms

Separate Registration: 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Deep Dive for Health Care Providers: Serious Illness Conversation Guide,
Hosted by Anna Beck, MD, Huntsman Cancer Institute
registration is limited; CME credits available

Main Auditorium


Please select a presenter below to find out more.

Anthony L. Back, MD
Anthony L. Back, MD
Anna Beck, MD
Anna Beck, MD

Anthony L. Back, MD

Anthony Back M.D., is professor at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and codirects the UW Center for Excellence in Palliative Care with Randy Curtis. He studies patient-clinician communication and interventions to make clinicians more effective. He was the principal investigator for the Oncotalk interventions, wrote Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients with Bob Arnold and James Tulsky, released the first iPhone app for clinician communication skills and is a 2013-2014 Contemplative Studies Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

Anna Beck, MD

Anna Beck, MD, is Director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship and an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Beck's areas of interest are end-of-life care, communication skills training, and female cancers. As Director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship, her goal is to broaden the spectrum of support available for cancer patients and their caregivers throughout the spectrum of a cancer diagnosis. She has been a community oncologist for 20 years and is the hospice medical director at Community Nursing Services Home Health and Hospice, which received "Best in Utah" awards for five consecutive years. She is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, integrative medicine and hospice and palliative care. Dr. Beck completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a combined fellowship in hematology/medical oncology and geriatric internal medicine, at the University of Utah. She received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Juliana Preston, MPA

Juliana Preston, MPA, Executive Director, HealthInsight Utah. Ms. Preston provides leadership and ensures successful completion of all contract work, serves as the liaison to the Utah Board of Directors, and leads business development efforts. She has led various teams including nursing home and technical assistance and developed numerous workshops and seminars for health care professionals including root cause analysis, health care quality improvement, human factors science, and resident-centered care. Ms. Preston graduated from Oregon State University in 1998 with a Bachelor's of Science degree with an emphasis in Long Term Care and minor in Business Administration. In 2003, she obtained her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Health Policy.