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Cap Times’ Evjue Foundation gives $1.8 million to area nonpofits and UW-Madison

Friday, June 7, 2019

As reported by Chris Murphy of The Cap Times

The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, has announced that its directors have approved $1,812,000 in grants to Madison-area nonprofits and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Agrace Adds Four Members to Foundation Board

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care has appointed Greg Dombrowski, Derrick Smith, Mary Bonte Spath and Sheila Boothby Stevens to its Foundation board. Agrace is Wisconsin’s largest nonprofit community hospice and palliative care agency, providing end-of-life care and related services to people in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The Agrace Foundation Board guides fundraising, helping to meet the current and future needs of the organization.

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Demographic Disparities Impact Patients, Limit Hospice Scale

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

As reported by Jim Parker of Hospice News

Addressing demographic disparities in hospice utilization can ensure more patients receive quality care at the end-of-life as well as open untapped markets to hospice providers.

Nearly 87% of Medicare decedents in 2016 were caucasian, according to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Comparatively, slightly more than 8% were African-American; 2.1% were Hispanic, and 1.2% were Asian. That year, only 0.2% of Medicare decedents were Native American.

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Reedsburg Resident Helps Bring New Home Care Service to Local Seniors

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

With the right kind of reliable help, people living in rural areas and small towns like Reedsburg can safely remain in their own homes as they age. It’s welcome news for many, including those who no longer have family nearby for support.

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Unconsciously biased

Thursday, May 2, 2019

As reported by Joe Vanden Plas of In Business Magazine

Implicit bias does not make you a bad person or organization, but there is no longer an excuse for not taking steps to mitigate it.

Believe it or not, and like it or not, possessing implicit (unconscious) bias is part of being a human being. Diversity managers say it’s just the way the human brain works, so even if we view ourselves as tolerant people, we still are fallible in this manner.

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End-of-Life Care Advocate Dr. Ira Byock to Speak in Madison April 30

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Dr. Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end of life, will present “What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living,” in Madison on April 30. His visit co-hosted by Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care and University of Wisconsin Palliative Care.

Byock is author of “The Best Care Possible,” “The Four Things That Matter Most,” and “Dying Well.” The free presentation is open to the public and will take place Tuesday, April 30, at 6:15 p.m., at the Madison Public Library – Sequoya Branch, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison.

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Agrace Hosts Free Summer Camp for Kids Coping with Grief

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

As reported by Baraboo News Republic

Children in southern Wisconsin who have experienced the death of a loved one can find help coping with grief at three free, half-day summer camps hosted by grief specialists from Agrace HospiceCare.

Children five years old or older who are grieving the death of a person are invited to attend one or more camp sessions. The camp is open to any grieving child; they do not need to live near Baraboo or be related to an Agrace HospiceCare patient.

The three half-day sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Baraboo Civic Center, 124 2nd Street in Baraboo. Sessions for children only will be held Tuesday, June 25, and Thursday, July 11. A session on Saturday, August 3, is for both children and their parents or guardians. Participants can choose among the dates; if space permits, it may be possible to attend more than one session. There is no cost to attend, but attendees must pre-register by calling (608) 327-7118 or visiting agrace.org/supportgroup.

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Agrace Thrift Store to Celebrate Achieving Dementia-friendly Status at April 18 Ceremony

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thanks to special staff training, the Agrace Thrift Store on Madison’s West Side is being recognized as “dementia-friendly” by the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Dane County.

On Thursday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m., Agrace Thrift Store–West staff, volunteers and supporters will host a ceremony celebrating the store’s new “dementia-friendly” status. The community is invited to dress in purple for dementia awareness and visit the store at 118 Junction Road, Madison, for a ribbon-cutting presentation.

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Agrace’s González Joins National Hospice Diversity Council

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Brenda González, diversity manager for Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, has been selected to serve on the Diversity Advisory Council of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Since 2016, González has led Agrace’s efforts to improve access to hospice and palliative care among multicultural and underserved patients. She also helps ensure that Agrace’s staff and volunteer workforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. She coordinates medical interpreter services for Agrace patients and their families who need language assistance, guides Agrace’s Advancing Equity & Inclusion Committee and leads opportunities for local students of color to learn about career opportunities with Agrace.

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