Panel Discussion: Impact of Systemic Racism During a Personal Caregiving Experience

On June 19, 2020, we gathered to discuss how systemic racism impacted individuals as they care or cared for a family member. Our panelists shared their experiences in the health care system, in their communities and in the workplace. Learn more about our panelists, below.



Dannelle LeBlanc, CCC, CCE and CSA, leads the panel discussion. Dannelle operates her own small business, CareGiver Transitions. Dannelle merges personal experience as a caregiver for her father-in-law with professional experience developing support resources for patients and healthcare professionals managing chronic and acute illness. She is a leadership member of her local DFW Certified Senior Advisor Network, and a grant recipient from the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging to deliver training to family caregivers. Dannelle specializes in community learning for family caregivers and others concerned with the impact of caregiving. She emphasizes outreach to underserved communities and to people with diverse caregiving challenges. Dannelle’s work is inspired by her mother Geneveve Golden Banks, who left a lasting gift of love as a family caregiver and social worker. 

Joining Dannelle is:

  • Kathryn Floyd, CCC, CCE and CCF. Kathryn cares for her mother and operates her small business, Transparent Caregiving Strategies, a service that helps family caregivers and educates organizations on how to better assist their employees who are family caregivers.  After working for various public, private and academic healthcare organizations over 25 years in hospital operations and information technology, Kathryn left corporate America and started her own company to do contract healthcare consulting. She wanted the flexibility of contract work to dedicate more time to care for her mother, who had a stroke almost exactly one year after her father (whom Kathryn also cared for in the last 6 months of his life) passed away from cancer in 2012. She has been featured on WBRC-TV in Birmingham, and you can find more information on her website: and Twitter: @8446CARING.
  • Dr. Nicole T. Rochester. Dr. Rochester is a board-certified pediatrician, independent health advocate, TEDx and keynote speaker, and the CEO of Your GPS Doc, LLC, an innovative company that helps aging individuals, those with chronic illnesses, and their family caregivers navigate the healthcare system. Dr. Rochester was inspired to start her company after caring for her late father. Dr. Rochester blogs on her website, and has an active presence on social media, including a weekly Facebook Live show, Navigator Nuggets™.  She has been featured on local television and radio, is a frequent podcast guest, and has contributed to numerous online publications. Dr. Rochester is also the author of Healthcare Navigation 101: A Guide for College-Bound Students (and Parents!).Dr. Rochester obtained her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and she completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She resides in Maryland with her husband and is the proud mother of two young adult daughters.

1 thought on “Panel Discussion: Impact of Systemic Racism During a Personal Caregiving Experience”

  1. Saskia de Quaasteniet

    What a great panel sharing personal experiences… thank you for being brave and speak out. As a kind and caring human being, it’s hard for me to imagine how tough your caregiver journey can be/was from the racism perspective. Dannelle, kudos for the training you created for us!
    Love, Saskia

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