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Community Presentations

Since its inception, Madison-Deane Initiative (an end-of-life education program of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand isle Counties)  has brought renowned professionals of the national palliative care community to participate in grand rounds and community presentations.  The most recent presentations have been captured on video are are available for your viewing.  The following videos can also be purchased via CCTV. 

If you have a community presentation you would like to share, please contact us!

Changing the Landscape of End-of-Life Care in Vermont: Strengthening the Patient-Physician Relationship

VNA's Madison-Deane Initiave Knowledge is Power event with Dr. Lauge Sokol-Hessner.  To view the presenation, click the link above. 


Where the Heart Is: The Hospice Experience November 2014.


Ann O'Brien interview.  January 22, 2013.  Representative Ann O'Brien speaks with VNA staff Christine Werneke and Angel Means on end-of-life care.

If the video above does not display properly, please visit the Vimeo site at Ask the Experts with Anne O'Brien: Episode 6

Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond.  October 16, 2012.  NY Times columnist and author Jane Brody speaks on end-of-life preparations.


Program Fosters End Of Life Care Discussions.  September 18, 2012.  Jane Lindholm of VPR's Vermont Edition speaks with Christine Werneke about Start the Conversation efforts.

Listen to the podcast! (9 minutes)


Start the Conversation:  Across the Fence.  March 2012.  Judy Simpson of ATF speaks with Geri Amori and Christine Werneke about conversations with loved ones.


Knowledge is Power.  Navigating Serious Illness:  The Role of Palliative Care.  November 1, 2011 presentation featuring Vermont Palliative Physicians Zail Berry, MD and Ursula McVeigh, MD. 


Palliative Care:  A Cure for Meaningless Suffering.  March 28, 2011 presentation, featuring  Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP.


Embracing Mystery:  Recognizing Wonder in our Daily Lives.  April 6, 2009 presentation, featuring Rachael Naomi Remen, MD.

 At the request of the presenter, this  Video available for purchase only.   

Care of the Child Living with Serious Illness.   September 30, 2008 presentation, featuring Javier Kane, MD., Director of Palliative and End of Life Care, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN.  View video below. 


Loss, Grief and Bereavement Psychological Aspects.  October 3, 2007 presentation, featuring Colin Murray Parkes, OBE, MD, FRCPsych.  View video below.

End of Life Activism:  Regaining Control While Vermont Falls Behind.   April 10, 2007 presentation featuring Stephen Kiernan, award winning journalist and recognized health care speaker.  View video below. 




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