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Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk, Minister of the United Church of Christ and Member of C-TAC’s Board of Directors, delivers remarks during the opening plenary of the 2020 C-TAC Summit on Oct. 28.

The 2020 C-TAC Summit was unlike any that came before it. Against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a national reckoning with racial and economic injustice, hundreds of leaders gathered virtually to chart a course forward for our movement.

From Oct. 27-30, attendees brought their passion and expertise to bear as we face a serious illness landscape that has been reshaped by three simultaneous pandemics – Coronavirus, as well as racism and economic injustice. In our opening plenary on Oct. 28, C-TAC Board Member and United Church of Christ Minister Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk explained the urgency of the situation as well as our ability to rise to meet the challenge.

“We can transform the way in which we are present with and for each other as we move through these pandemics,” Rev. Dr. Delk said.

We kicked off the Summit with a gathering to honor essential workers, which included a moving performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” from the Nicole Heaston Purple Robe Song Series and provided by the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

We heard firsthand stories from people facing serious illness, calls for action from leaders representing communities who have historically been left behind by our healthcare system, and inspiring commitments from changemakers that will help us reach our moonshot goal of ensuring a high quality of life for 12 million people with serious illness by 2030.

If you missed any of this year’s Summit or want to relive any moment of the event, click here to access the full Summit on demand! All session videos, transcripts, and resources will be available until Jan. 31, 2021. Take a look at the highlights from each day of our Summit below.

Pre-Summit Programming and Our Summit Kickoff

Before officially kicking off the 2020 Summit, dozens of attendees got a head start by joining our Pre-Summit sessions, hosted by the Home Centered Care Institute and the Center to Advance Palliative Care. This was followed by a moving kickoff session as faith and community leaders gathered to recognize the tireless dedication shown by essential workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Day 1

The first plenary session of the 2020 Summit featured an array of leaders tackling key issues facing the serious illness care movement, from fairly compensating direct care workers to addressing systemic injustices have plagued our country for generations. Ira Byock MD, FAAHPM, electrified our audience with a challenge to field leading members.  

We also hosted highly interactive visioning labs and shared learning sessions that investigated barriers to high-quality care and challenged attendees to share their own solutions.

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Day 2

The second day of our Summit saw a range of speakers, many of whom representing historically underserved communities, who offered solutions that can be used to ensure that the sickest and most vulnerable among us receive the support they need, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. MIT AgeLab Founder and Director Joseph Coughlin, PhD delivered a powerful keynote presentation exploring how technology can transform the aging process.  In our shared learning sessions and visioning labs, we reimagined long-term care, discussed how we can ensure equity in the telehealth revolution and explored methods for reaching new audiences.

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Day 3

The third and final day was the culmination of days of conversation moving the field forward. We welcomed a true pioneer to our virtual plenary stage. Center to Advance Palliative Care Director Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, highlighted the dire need to address the systemic issues that keep members of vulnerable communities from receiving care and resources when they are needed most. We were also inspired by a host of leaders who took our plenary stage to make commitments to action in the coming year.

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Don’t forget that all Summit content is now available on demand! All session videos, resources and chat transcripts will be available until Jan. 31, 2021. Click here to register or log into our event venue to catch up on any discussions that you missed or to relive the moments that made this Summit so powerful.

We would also like to thank our 2020 Summit sponsors, whose dedication and support made this event possible:

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