How to start talking about advance care planning using a smart phone and a dry erase board

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day Fill in the blank: “Advance care planning is important because…” At our annual palliative care conference in 2015, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California asked 300+ clinicians and advance care planning advocates to jot down why they think advance care planning is important. Then we took pictures […]


Gary Johanson, Threshold Choir, Kate O’Malley recognized for outstanding service, presented with Compassionate Care Awards

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to honor Gary Johanson, MD and Threshold Choir with the 2016 Compassionate Care Leadership Awards, and Kate O’Malley, RN, MS, CHPN with the 2016 Compassionate Care Innovator Award. These awards recognize individuals and organizations that are changing the way we care for people who are seriously ill or […]


RFPs released for POLST eRegistry pilot project

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) is releasing two (2) Requests for Proposals (RFP) over the next few weeks to identify communities and technology vendors with an interest in participating in the POLST eRegistry pilot project authorized under SB 19 (Wolk). Passed in 2015, SB 19 requires the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) to develop a POLST […]


Helping faith leaders provide comfort and support to the seriously-ill and dying

Toolkit includes curriculum and materials to host educational seminars for faith leaders on the end of life Faith communities are in a key position to engage people of all ages in issues related to advance care planning, serious illness, care at end of life, caregiving and grief. In 2015 I worked with the Coalition for […]


End of Life Option Act goes into effect on June 9, 2016

The 2015/2016 special legislative session officially closed yesterday (March 10), starting the 90-day clock for implementation of bills passed during the special session. As a result, we now know that California’s End of Life Option Act (ABx2 15) will go into effect on June 9, 2016. To help answer the many questions patients and healthcare […]


Remembering Donald Roberts: Shared decision-making for the developmentally disabled

Even though I’ve viewed it numerous times, every time I watch Remembering Donald Roberts I am deeply moved. I don’t know much about Donald’s early years, but I know that when he was 19, Donald was institutionalized intermittently for “suicidal thoughts” at Stockton State Hospital. Donald’s art served as a way of expressing the pain […]


Join California’s advance care planning community

At our recent POLST training in San Diego, a participant compared the process of advance care planning to a juggling act! I agree. Advance Care Planning is not a “one and done” process… It is an ongoing conversation between a person, their loved ones and a healthcare provider as life milestones and health conditions change over […]


Learn how to “make the case” for palliative care in your organization

Join us on March 17 as we learn how to make the case for palliative care, with Kathleen Kerr.  “Making the case” is a chore many clinical and administrative leaders need to undertake if they want to create, sustain or expand a palliative care service. Stakeholders who would be expected to support or refer to a […]


Scholarships available to e-patients for palliative care Summit

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is inviting e-Patients to apply for a scholarship to their 8th Annual Summit in Newport Beach, California, on May 12-13, 2016. THE APPLICATION PERIOD HAS CLOSED. The e-Patient scholarship program is funded by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, and will cover the full Summit registration fee. […]