Advance care planning and the LGBT community

End-of-life care discussions foster community in the families we create Engaging others in end of life discussions requires intentionality, introspection, and openness. This is true within traditional family structures, but it is even more crucial among those who are not legally related, including most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, and others whose loves […]


April 16 declared Healthcare Decisions Day in California

SR 17 urges Californians to communicate healthcare preferences before medical crisis occurs The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to announce that April 16 has been declared Healthcare Decisions Day in California. The proclamation was authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19) through Senate Resolution 17. The resolution urges all Californians to communicate their […]


SR 17 urges Californians to communicate healthcare preferences before medical crisis occurs

April 16 is Healthcare Decisions Day in California The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to sponsor Senate Resolution 17 with California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19), which would declare April 16, 2015, as “Healthcare Decisions Day” in California. The resolution urges all Californians to communicate their healthcare preferences and execute an advance healthcare […]


Change in law may affect advance directives notarized after Jan. 1, 2015

Californians who opt to have their advance directive notarized may encounter problems if the notary’s certificate of acknowledgement does not include a newly-mandated consumer-specific disclaimer. Effective January 1, 2015, California Civil Code sections 1189 and 1195 and California Government Code section 8202 require every acknowledgment, proof of execution of an instrument, and affidavit sworn to […]


Surveyors to give advance directives a closer look in nursing homes

Surveyors will be looking more closely at how skilled nursing facilities deal with advance directives, including how they educate, inform and assist residents in exercising their right to accept or refuse medical or surgical treatment and formulate an advance directive. On Nov. 26, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released an update to the […]


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 […]