Faculty Present Research at National Conference  

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Pictured left to right: Ekta Singh, Maria Karizhenskaia, Tanvi Nandani, Marinelly Villalobos Nieto,  Mariana Rosa De Carvalho 

Submitted by Ekta Singh, Program Coordinator and Professor, Health Care Administration 

We had the pleasure of representing the College and sharing our research presentation at the prestigious Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) Conference in Ottawa this past week. This year’s 2023 theme was “A Palliative Care Revolution.” It was wonderful to collaborate with Tanvi Nandani and Maria Karizhenskaia who are recent graduates of the HCA Program and now part-time professors (with a keen interest in research) in our program! 

The CHPCA Conference is a national conference that welcomes participants from across Canada and is a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with nearly 500 hospice palliative care professionals from a variety of disciplines and roles in hospice palliative care including:  

-Hospice palliative care specialists  
-Allied healthcare professionals 
-Spiritual advisers  
-Social workers 

Our interactive research workshop entitled “Identity-Affirming End of Life Care: Moving beyond Culturally Competent Health Care to Cultural Humility” focused on understanding the importance of leading with cultural humility in health care settings and noted the benefits of applying culturally responsive/identity affirming care that centers patients’ lived experiences and unique cultural strengths to promote patient safety, dignity, and a sense of belonging in their palliative care journey. 

Our presentation was well attended with over 20+ participants and representation included palliative care physicians, nurses, hospice staff, end of life doulas, nurse practitioners, and more. We received wonderful feedback and have made connections with professionals in Ottawa and Brockville who are eager to collaborate on future projects. We are eager to share our research with other health related programs at the College including nursing and allied health programs. I believe we were the only St. Lawrence College representation and were very proud to put SLC on the map!  

Also noteworthy, two of our Health Care Administration (HCA) recent graduates- Mariana Rose De Carvalho and Marinelly Villalobos also presented at the conference and shared their recent HCA Capstone research about Social Isolation and Seniors AND Indigenous Practices in end-of-life care at the poster presentation and oral presentation segment! We are so proud of them! We are encouraging many of our students/grads to share their research beyond the College community and pleased to see them growing and extending themselves in new ways.

Thank you to Robyn Saaltink and John Conrad for supporting our research opportunity with an Advance Research Grant.

Learn more about research grants at SLC. Contact Robyn Saaltink, Research Services Officer: 

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