Brenda González, diversity manager for Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care, has been selected to serve on the Diversity Advisory Council of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Since 2016, González has led Agrace’s efforts to improve access to hospice and palliative care among multicultural and underserved patients. She also helps ensure that Agrace’s staff and volunteer workforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. She coordinates medical interpreter services for Agrace patients and their families who need language assistance, guides Agrace’s Advancing Equity & Inclusion Committee and leads opportunities for local students of color to learn about career opportunities with Agrace.

“NHPCO’s diversity initiatives help increase access to hospice and palliative care within multicultural and diverse communities. I hope to learn from them, and to share with others the great work Agrace has done to advance end-of-life care,” González said in a statement.

Prior to joining Agrace, González worked for 20 years helping people in the greater Madison area navigate the complexities of our health care system, including creating access to qualified medical interpreters.

“Brenda González will represent our organization well on the NHPCO Diversity Advisory Council, said Marcia Whittington, Agrace’s chief development officer, in a press release. “She has diligently worked over the last few years to grow our diverse patient census, along with offering many multicultural people the opportunity to work for Agrace. Her leadership on this council will benefit Agrace by allowing us to continue to learn best practices and advance in our diversity efforts.

As a member of the Diversity Advisory Council, Gonzalez will offer guidance and technical expertise to NHPCO and its members nationwide about serving diverse populations. This will include giving advice on developing tools, resources and content for educational materials.