Background

On October 31, 2016, more than seventy leaders from around California convened in Sacramento for “The Road Ahead for Serious Illness Care in California” – a daylong conversation hosted by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) on the topic of serious illness care in California. Attendees represented a wide range of stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, organizations, policymakers, academics, patients and more.  The day provided an opportunity for participants discuss progress, gaps and opportunities related to serious illness care in our state. It was an ambitious day to help pave the way for the road ahead, working collaboratively to achieve a shared vision and agenda for living well with serious illness in California.

Bringing the work of The Road Ahead to your local community will allow you to build on the accomplishments of the statewide convening and move into local-level strategy that is specific and action-focused. You will address both the “what” and the “how” of improving serious illness care in your area while strengthening relationships and building collaboration. The Road Ahead also provides an excellent way to reinvigorate an existing coalition or to jump-start a new one.

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About the Materials

The materials from the statewide gathering have been adapted to make them easy to use in local settings. They can be further revised to suit your local community’s needs and interests. The goal is to hold an event with content, activities, and outcomes that are as relevant as possible for your community while also building connection to the larger statewide network. You may rebrand the materials with local coalition or other event host or sponsor names, but please also credit CCCC and CHCF in your materials.

The Road Ahead presents and builds on findings from the 2015 Dying in California report, which was based on the 2014 publication Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, from the Institute of Medicine.