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'Closure' Program Adapted for Course at CMU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Judith Black, MD (center) leads the CMU Osher class in "Closure."

Extending the Foundation's work in end-of-life issues, two members of the JHF team recently taught a class at Carnegie Mellon University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. "Closure: Discussing the Last Chapter" was led by Judith Black, MD, a medical adviser to JHF who is a geriatrician for Allegheny Health Network, and Nicole Greer, RN, MPH/MPA, a quality improvement specialist at JHF.

The five weekly sessions that ended in early April were a modified version of the Closure curriculum developed by JHF.

The classes focused on the history of end-of-life care, advance directives, POLST (Physician's Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment), and hospice and palliative care.

Dr. Black and Ms. Greer discussed advance-care planning and provided resources to help people talk with family members about what they would want at the end of life.

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