Loss, Life & Love Festival and Health Equity Conference
Sept. 22-24, Leimert Park, Los Angeles
In partnership with C-TAC, national leaders in end of life and serious illness care join with leaders from the Leimert Park neighborhood for this unique 2½ day training and festival exploring how justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are the pathways for a new approach to loss, life and love.
What can one American neighborhood teach us about loss, life and love?
Let’s design a new paradigm around loss and mortality. Let’s unite the expertise of healthcare professionals, community leaders, holistic health practitioners, artists, entrepreneurs and DEI experts. In this immersive 2 ½ day experience, you'll reimagine what it means to be human as we experience music, art, and ritual as you immerse yourself in one of America's hubs for African American art and culture.
This first-of-its-kind guided experience is designed through a partnership between 3 powerful groups:
- Reimagine: who work at the intersection of community and end-of-life.
- Holistic Underground: a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion consultancy and change-maker community working for more effective social-movements and equitable organizations.
- C-TAC: A coalition of organizations, communities, and people committed to supporting those facing serious illness and their care-givers through transforming the field itself.
To make the learning real, we will be invited into Leimert Park, in South Central Los Angeles. As we learn about its history and needs, and work with its local leaders, we’ll gain insights on how we would approach issues of mortality in any community.
We will leave with a powerful framework and toolset for transforming end of life. These tools will be applicable in all areas of life where we seek to have the courageous conversations that spell progress. We’ll leave having contributed something beautiful to the community whose art, culture and hospitality we will enjoy. The wisdom and ideas we co create through our practice with the new tools will be carried forward from city to city, forging a new national approach for transforming advanced illness care.
5:00-6:15pm Networking and Community Engagement
6:30-8:00pm Opening Night Showcase Kickoff
8:30-11:00pm Community Open Mic
9am-12pm J.E.D.I. Skills Training Part 1
1:00-3:45pm J.E.D.I. Skills Training Part 2
4:00pm-5:15pm Community Workshop
9am-12:00pm J.E.D.I. Skills Training Part 3
12pm-5pm: Community Festival on Loss, Life & Love!
5:30-6pm: Closing Ceremony
“This immersive experience provides a rare and much-needed opportunity for us to reflect, expand our awareness, and learn new approaches to addressing long-standing inequities that affect care access and quality.
– Julie Boudreau, Executive Director, John and Wauna Harman Foundation
About Leimert Park
Go local to uncover how we might all reimagine our approach to the hard parts of life.
Leimert Park is a vibrant neighborhood located in South LA. It’s long been a cultural hub for LA’s African-American community, and residents speak highly of the friendly neighbors, community pride, and history of this area. The community also has existed at the intersection of creativity, grief, and resilience. The heart of this neighborhood is Leimert Village, which is full of art galleries, unique restaurants, bookstores, and shops. Events and festivals are held throughout the year.
This workshop was made possible by the generous support of the John and Wauna Harman Foundation and The Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation.