As Randi Belisomo knows, the spotlight on Chicago’s reputation for violent death often overshadows the day-to-day realities of its most vulnerable aging residents. By working across a network of civic, religious, health and community groups, she and her partners are bringing culturallycompetent, community-based end of life planning to Chicago’s South Side Chatham neighborhood. By defining their hopes and communicating personal goals, residents who have long been on the losing end of an unequal health system are raising expectations for their own end of life care.

About the Speaker

Randi Belisomo is President and Co-Founder of Life Matters Media, a Chicago based non-profit dedicated to providing information, resources and support for end of life decision making. Committed to fostering better communication, the organization empowers the aged, caregivers, surrogates and medical providers to navigate this life phase with confidence and dignity. Randi also writes about issues related to end of life health care and policy for Reuters Health.