Context-informed Care: Supporting Black Americans’ Mental and Physical Health through End-of-life

Presented by Gregory Whiting MSW, LICSW

Sponsored by: Solace Cremation


This course was most recently offered in April 2021.


A year into the pandemic, long-standing healthcare disparities have been exposed. This seminar contextualizes Black Americans’ experiences within healthcare systems and outlines steps providers can take to offer more equitable care through end-of-life. The seminar begins with origin stories to show the breadth of Black Americans’ personal histories and provides an overview of Black Americans’ contact with mental and physical healthcare systems. The course covers common obstacles to culturally sensitive care and outlines some steps providers can take to build trust, work toward equity, and offer client-centered care.


*This program has been approved for 2 Hours of CE Credit (Cultural Competency) by the NASW Oregon chapter.


*This program has been approved for 2 CEUs by the NASW Washington chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-459










Gregory Whiting is a clinical social worker, experienced educator, and consultant. Having worked in publishing, human resources, the academy, emergency medicine, and community mental health, he possesses skills and experiences that allow him to connect across a variety of differences to solve complex human problems. In his client work as a Navigator, Gregory strives to integrate the complex needs of human beings during crises into plans of action that provide order in emergent spaces.

Gregory holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. His most notable educational experience at the University of Michigan was his engagement in research, dialogue facilitation, and training through the The Program on Intergroup Relations. Through this work, Gregory was able to teach and learn in Beijing, develop a study abroad program sending University of Washington students to Ghana, and cultivate shared meaning for incarcerated women in the state of Michigan. He is a clinical Social Worker, with independent clinical licensure in the states of California and Washington. Gregory's clinical social work has enabled him to serve the complex needs of a variety of Washington residents such as people experiencing homelessness, youth in schools, incarcerated people, and medical patients with complex treatment needs. Gregory is based in Seattle. He is a Brainerd Fellow at Social Venture Partners. Gregory is an avid science fiction fan. He enjoys boxing and biking, and enjoys the challenge of learning new skills.