P² Collaborative's 2014 Creating a Healthier Community Conference on Thursday, October 9 will be an informative, engaging and inspiring day of presenters and panels sharing what it will take to create a healthier Western New York.
The Conversation Project at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), titled "Neighborhoods to Nursing Homes," is a team-based project working on bridging the continuum of conversation that needs to take place
around end-of-life care. The team will present on how the Conversation Project is making an impact with residents of Western New York. They share stories, talk about family and community values, and work to re-frame the issue of the need for this vital conversation into a socially embedded, value based conversation within the community.
Valerie Czajka, R.N., M.S.N.: Valerie has worked on The Conversation Project at ECMC since the onset in October 2013. A registered nurse, Valerie has 34 years of experience in Long-Term Care nursing. She received her master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in palliative care.
Reverend Garney Davis Jr.: Rev. Davis serves as the Chief Trauma Chaplain at ECMC. He is a Deputy Chief for the International Police and Fire Chaplains Association, where he received his Bachelor and Master of Chaplaincy. Rev. Davis is the senior Pastor of IMPACTING LOVE Global Ministries in the city of Buffalo and is the CEO of IMPACTING LOVE INC.
Kathleen Grimm, M.D.: Dr. Grimm received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Canisius College, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from D’Youville College, and her Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York School of Medicine. Her current position is as a physician working in palliative care with the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo.
Sandra Lauer, B.S.N.: Sandra earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. In 2009, she accepted her current role at ECMC as the Clinical Patient Advocate in the Department of Patient Advocacy and Risk Management. She is a member of the Emergency Mental Health
Disaster Response team and the Palliative Care team.
Ron Pokorski: As a caregiver for his wife Diane who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 13 years ago, Ron has learned about both the joys as well as the burdens of caregiving. As such, he is determined to try to help make life easier for those in similar circumstances. Ron has taken on a variety of roles as a volunteer at ECMC including team member for The Conversation Project.
Elder Manuel L. Wiggins: Elder Wiggins is Chaplain at Terrace View on the ECMC campus and a member of the ECMC Palliative Care Team. He is the Founder and President of the Community Outreach Ministry of Evangelism (C.O.M.E.).
If you have not yet registered for Creating a Healthier Community, make sure to reserve your space today- our early bird discount only lasts until September 1. More information on the conference is available at http://www.p2wny.org/conference.html.