Dr. Kori Novak is a healthcare and gerontology leader who specializes in aging and end of life care in the penal system. She has honed her hospice skills working with underserved populations such as Native American Tribes, incarceration facilities, and hospices that serve rural areas. As an executive in health care, she has included end of life care in the conversation of the greater healthcare continuum and is a passionate advocate for hospice and palliative care for patients as well as the care for families after the passing of a loved one.
Dr. Novak spent several years consulting with prison systems, training them in dealing with aging inmates, how to recognize neurocognitive disease in aging inmates and ultimately putting hospice units in prison facilities. Within these units, she trained inmates in how to care for each other and prison administration and health care workers how to run a successful hospice program.