Advance care planning conversation training in May 2015

Want to bring advance care planning to your community or patients? We can help! The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is bringing our advance care planning training program to Glendale and Sacramento. Participants will learn how to: Identify solutions for overcoming barriers to effective advance care planning conversations Practice using multiple tools for engaging […]


Free webinar helps advance care planning advocates plan for National Healthcare Decisions Day

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance care planning—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, CCCC is joining with NHDD, Health […]


Thinking Ahead Matters: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California releases white paper on conservatorship and supported decision-making for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

In a new white paper, “Thinking Ahead Matters: Supporting and improving healthcare decision-making and end-of-life planning for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), in partnership with Mildred Consulting, has undertaken an effort to understand more about the conservatorship of people with developmental disabilities, with the aim of fostering […]


2015 Value Snapshots on advance care planning, palliative care and hospice

Kick off the New Year by making it easy for everyone in your health system to understand the benefits of advance care planning, palliative care and hospice. Value Snapshots are brief, easy-to-digest, two-page summaries developed by palliative care researcher Kathleen Kerr and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and are designed to introduce the benefits […]


Palliative Care & EOL Headlines, November 7, 2014

New ethnographic study released: Listening deeply to what patients have to say about the end of life New research published by the California HealthCare Foundation—in collaboration with Point Forward and the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California—illustrates how culture frames end-of-life choices for patients and families. Learn more and download. Briefing: Exploring the need for a […]


It’s time to start talking

By Judy Thomas, JD, Executive Director @JudyThomasJD It’s time we all started talking about our wishes for end-of-life care. However, not everyone is as comfortable talking about death and dying as Joan Rivers was. We know how Joan Rivers felt because she talked about the importance of discussing these issues in a public service announcement. As […]


Broad improvements to end-of-life care are within reach

New IOM study shows access to quality end-of-life care may contribute to a more sustainable health system By Judy Thomas, JD | @JudyThomasJD Executive Director, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California A newly released report from the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) shows a substantial body of evidence that broad improvements to end-of-life care are within reach. Dying […]


In death, inmates want respect

My experience at the San Quentin State Prison Health Fair It was 8:30 a.m. on an August morning and I was listening to a trustee at the chapel inside of San Quentin State Prison tell me and other public health professionals about our assignments for the 11th Annual San Quentin Health Fair. “Only talk to […]


Orange County POLST Coalition uses Conversation Café model to amplify local advance care planning efforts

By Christine Chow, MSG Orange County Aging Services Collaborative Orange County POLST Coalition If you work or volunteer in the world of palliative medicine and end-of-life care you know there can never be enough outreach and awareness when it comes to advance care planning. The question always remains: how can you take a topic surrounded […]