chpcc_and_cccc_smallThe Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and the Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC) are announcing today a strategic unification which will combine two of the nation’s leading nonprofits dedicated to promoting access to high-quality compassionate care for all who are seriously ill or nearing the end of life.

This action consolidates CHPCC’s California advocacy and education efforts in pediatric hospice and palliative care as a new division of CCCC, and develops a joint public policy strategy to leverage their unified constituencies.

“This move reflects a growing need for the palliative care community to present a united voice in public policy at the state and national levels,” said Judy Thomas, JD, CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. “By adding CHPCC as a division of CCCC we will be able to amplify our efforts and truly serve the needs of seriously ill patients of all ages.”

CHPCC Executive Director and Co-Founder Devon Dabbs will work directly with Thomas on issues impacting children with serious illness as the new Vice President of Pediatric Programming and Education. Through Dabbs, CCCC will expand its focus on pediatrics through education, research, and public policy priorities.

“Until now, pediatric and adult populations have been represented separately by two organizations with an overlapping mission,” said Dabbs. “By becoming a division of CCCC, CHPCC will be able to better represent the pediatric community.”

Read Devon Dabbs’s letter to CHPCC’s supporters.

California’s Central Coast Partnership for Children transportation program, a medical transport service currently operating as a division of CHPCC, will continue operations as a separate non-profit organization led by current CHPCC Deputy Director Jennifer Ramirez. The service will still benefit low income families, offering free, safe, long-distance transportation from California’s central coast communities to children’s hospitals in the Bay Area.

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