Let's Get Healthy California Innovation ChallengeOut of 89 applicants statewide, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) was selected as a finalist in the Let’s Get Healthy California Innovation Challenge by the California Health and Human Services Agency and California Department of Public Health.

Entered as an “End of Life” innovation, CCCC’s application was submitted in partnership with UCLA Health who is working with the CCCC Consulting Service to develop and test a comprehensive advance care planning model to ensure a person’s healthcare preferences are recorded, retrieved and honored during critical times in a patient’s care. This advance care planning model is currently deployed in select departments within the UCLA Health system.

“This is a huge honor for us and for everyone who thinks advance care planning should be integrated across the continuum of care,” said Judy Thomas, JD, CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. “Being a finalist is recognition that our advance care planning model stands out among other healthcare innovations in the state for having an impact on the health of Californians.”

Innovation Challenge submissions came from community and health advocates, healthcare providers, community based organizations, civic and data enthusiasts, and other individuals working to positively impact the lives of Californians. The CCCC and UCLA Health joint application is among a select group of innovations chosen to be featured at the Let’s Get Healthy California Statewide Innovation Conference in Sacramento on January 26, 2016.

In 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-19-12 to create the Let’s Get Healthy California Taskforce with the goal of making California the healthiest state in the nation by 2022. The Let’s Get Healthy California initiative focuses on furthering the Triple Aim—better health, better care, and lower costs—and promoting health equity. It consists of two strategic directions—Health Across the Lifespan and Pathways to Health—six major goal areas—Healthy Beginnings, Living Well, End of Life, Redesigning the Health System, Creating Healthy Communities, and Lowering the Cost of Care—and 30 priorities.

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