Making Your Wishes Known: A Guide to Care Planning

Friday, June 5th 2020

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Many people living with HIV have lost significant portions of their support networks over the years, leaving us with fewer options for who will care for us as we grow older. We may at some point be faced with the question of “Who will take care of me?” in a time of crisis.Being proactive in planning for our care ensures that our wishes are known and respected. Advance care planning includes legal documents that define the types of care we wish to receive and identify the people who will be responsible for making decisions for us when we can no longer do so ourselves. Care planning also includes thinking about how we want to live our lives, such as where we want to receive care, what we want our providers to know about us, what brings us comfort, and who the important people are in our lives. Developing a Care Plan allows us to lay out our preferences and clearly communicate our priorities to any professionals who will provide us with care. This Webinar will provide an overview of the components of advance care planning and share resources to help individuals to begin the process. Participants will have the opportunity to begin developing parts of their personalized Care Plans.


  1. Participants will learn the components of advance care planning and the personal decisions that are involved
  2. Participants will learn about advance directives and powers of attorney, and understand the role that these legal documents play in healthcare


Keith Carter

is long-time community activist. He serves as a member of the LGBT Elder Initiative’s HIV & Aging Community Advisory Committee, a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Penn CFAR, and a member of the HIV Integrated Planning Council.


David Griffith

is the Director of Programs & Outreach for the LGBT Elder Initiative, a Philadelphia-based non-profit dedicated to supporting LGBT individuals as they age. In this role, he works with the LGBTEI’s HIV & Aging Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to produce an annual program series on HIV & Aging. He holds a Master of Science in Social Policy and a Master of Social Work, both from the University of Pennsylvania.






John Liantonio, MD, MBA

is a Geriatrics and Palliative Care Physician who practices on both the inpatient and outpatient setting at Jefferson University Hospital. He is the Director of Jefferson’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship as well as the Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service. Dr. Liantonio is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has a unique interest in how to improve the aging process for the LGBT community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the LGBT Elder Initiative.

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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