2019 Plenaries & Keynote Speakers

SWHPN is pleased to announce the following plenary keynote talks taking place during this year's General Assembly. Over the two days of the conference, you'll have the opportunity to hear from leaders and experts in hospice, traumatic loss, self-care, and community-based palliative care - there is truly something for everyone! 


Monday, March 18: Opening Plenary

Stepping Up and Into Leadership

Social workers are uniquely qualified and trained to step into leadership roles. In this inspiring keynote, Stacy Orloff, VP of innovation and Community at Empath Health, will address some of the most salient aspects of our training and expertise that make social workers likely leaders. She will also discuss her own leadership journey, using personal experience and humor to encourage attendees to take the next step toward their own leadership options.

Stacy Orloff, EdD, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Dr. Stacy Orloff is the Vice President of Innovation and Community Programs at Suncoast Hospice/Empath Health.

Dr. Orloff has served on several national task forces and presented at dozens of national conferences, and has over 25 years of experience in hospice and palliative care. Stacy is published in peer reviewed journals, authored or co-authored numerous book chapters, and has co-edited two books. She holds a Masters in Social Work and a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.

Tuesday, March 19: Morning Plenary

Resiliency in Response to Traumatic Loss: A Community’s Response to Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub Shooting

The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016 was reported as among the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S., with 49 people killed and over 50 wounded.  Called an act of “terror” and “hate” by President Barack Obama, the shooting traumatized a largely LGBT and Latino community in Central Florida.  Our speakers will provide first-hand experiences as professionals and community members impacted by the shooting.  Clinicians will discuss the provision of psychological services to Pulse survivors, first responders, and the Orlando community, including responses in the immediate aftermath and longer term, ongoing treatment, and resilience efforts.  A Pulse-survivor will speak to the efforts made by the community to care for those affected by the Pulse shooting, as well as his own experiences in receiving and providing trauma services.

Nancy Rosado, MSW

Nancy Rosado, MSW is a consultant at UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida.  She is co-Founder of Proyecto Somos Orlando, a retired NYPD sergeant, and a 9/11 first responder/survivor who was assigned the task of coordinating the long-term access to mental health care of 9/11 first responders in the aftermath of that tragedy. She holds an MSW from Fordham University, with a specialization in suicide prevention and traumatic stress.  Nancy is an openly gay community activist, and serves as Vice President of Misión Boricua in Central Florida, an organization that is dedicated to educating the community about Puerto Rican history, culture, literature, music, and art, as well as promoting civic engagement among the Puerto Rican community. She has been instrumental to Proyecto Somos Orlando due to her extensive experience in mental health care and crisis intervention, and through her work with the faith community as an active member of United Church of Christ (UCC). 

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education, and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Beidel holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Her recent work focuses on developing effective treatments for PTSD for veterans, active duty personnel, and first responders, utilizing technology to enhance effective treatments into standard clinical practice. Currently, she is the principal investigator of a Department of Defense funded research program conducting a randomized controlled trial for the treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorders in active duty military personnel. She is the author of over 275 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters and books on the treatment of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ricardo Negron-Amodovar, JD

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ricardo holds a Master’s in Education, and a Juris Doctor, and is a licensed attorney on the Island. In 2015, he moved to Orlando, where he has worked providing education to the immigrant community in Central Florida, and empowering the LGBTQ+ Latinx community after the Pulse Tragedy. He currently serves as LatinoJustice’s Legal Service Coordinator for the Southeast Office.

Tuesday, March 19: Closing Plenary

Dying at the Margins: Racism and Poverty Healed Through Mindful Presence

Opening ourselves as professionals to the stories of patients, one person at a time, enhances empathy, cultural humility, and capacity to heal.

This panel will explore the central role that social workers play in the care of those who live and die at the margins. The powerful presentation will revolve around the actual experience of a "homeless" man who was dying from small-cell lung cancer. He lived under a bridge with his beloved dog. His life began on a plantation in the Deep South where he was born into the exploitative system of tenant farming. In his formative years there, his body and soul were fractured by the extremities of poverty and racism and many of his behaviors throughout adult life were a reaction to the social and economic injuries he suffered as a boy.

Yet, despite the grim realities that shaped his life, something transformational took place as he approached life's end. In dying, through the unwavering dedication of a palliative care team and his primary social worker--who regularly ventured beyond the walls of the hospital and professional norms to provide care and support for him under the bridge--he was able to find a peace in dying that eluded him in life. 

This narrative clearly establishes a new vision of caring for those who live and die at the margins. It declares that palliative care is not strictly a medical issue and reminds us that care of the dying poor is best done in the community.

It will challenge us to develop practices away from conventional norms of care or risk, to ease the suffering of those who those among us who are often forgotten or ignored in our society. 

This panel will be based upon the work published in Dying at the Margins: Reflections on Justice and Healing for Inner-City Poor,Oxford University Press, 2019.

david wendell moller

David Wendell Moller, Ph.D.

David Wendell Moller, Ph.D. is the current Chief of Clinical and Organizational Ethics at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland.

David earned his Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.  He spent twenty years at Indiana University where he was a faculty member in the Schools of Liberal Arts and Medicine. He was one of the core medical ethics faculty members at IU, and directed the community outreach and educational programs for the palliative care team at Wishard Health Services (now Eskenazi Health).  While at Indiana University he received the system-wide President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Outstanding Resident Faculty Award, as well as numerous Trustees Awards for Teaching Excellence. He most recently served as Senior Director of the Office of Human Values at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, where he pioneered an innovative curriculum in diversity and cultural competence for internal medicine residents which included home visits to hospice patients living in the inner city.  He has lectured extensively in international and national settings and has published six books on end-of-life care, which have been peer reviewed as “breaking new ground,” and “destined to become a landmark in the death and dying literature.” His most recent work is exploring what it is like to live and die in urban poverty and the challenges providers face when caring for populations that live and die at the margins, the results of which have been published in his books Dancing with Broken Bones and Dying at the Margins.

(Additional panelists to be announced soon)