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The door closed and there we sat, twenty-eight people who had never met, beginning an intense thirty-six-hour training institute entitled, "Opening the Door to the Diversity in Our Communities." I was sitting between a male social worker from Hospice of Seattle, Washington, and a clergywoman who was the spiritual care director for Midland Hospice Care, Topeka, Kansas. All of us had converged in Phoenix, Arizona. The institute' s objective was to provide participants: a working foundation on access to culturally diverse communities; various tools and resources for starting or continuing work in diverse communities; a cultural encounter with African, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Indian communities; an opportunity for self-assessment; and a forum to consider next steps for action within each person's hospice setting.
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