Understanding the African American Experience and its Impact on Serious Illness
"Understanding the African American Experience and its Impact on Serious Illness" will help us explore authenticity and its role in reducing health inequities for people of color experiencing a serious illness. We will listen to the "Conversation" African Americans have been having with America through music and evaluate how the health system responds.
Marilyn Ababio, BA, MPA
Founder, Comfort Homesake, Oakland
Marilyn Ababio is a skilled administrator with over 25 years’ experience managing complex systems infrastructure projects. June 2018, Marilyn left Alameda County to return to her beloved Comfort Homesake, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing national awareness of advanced health care planning until every family is prepared. After establishing the No One Dies Alone program in 2016, Comfort Homesake worked with Highland Hospital palliative team and its ICU to bring a dignified death to all patients. Marilyn graduated from UCLA and Occidental College, and has served as a presenter and participant with prestigious organizations such as the National Academies of Science, Transportation Research Board (TRB); Stanford University I Sage Program ; Conference of Minority Transportation Officials; Harvard University Civil Rights Project on issues of Environmental Justice.
Product Director, TuneCore, New York
Ali Sharif is currently a product director at TuneCore the nation's largest independent music distributor. Ali is a communications professional with over 25 years' experience providing product and communication solutions for some of the top national and international brands. His unique artistic and communication skills set him apart as an effective change management agent.