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 […]


Report: California Making Progress Toward a Supportive Environment for End-of-Life Care

New Study Benchmarks the State’s Progress Against IOM Report SACRAMENTO, CA—A year after the release of a landmark report on death and dying in America, a new state-based report finds that California is making strides to create a more supportive environment for people facing serious illness. Dying in California: A Status Report on End-of-Life Care […]


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 […]


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 […]


Ethnographic study: 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 the report. Health care providers who work with patients toward the end of life are sometimes surprised by the ways patients and […]


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 […]


Community-based advance care planning champions trained in East Bay

Alameda-Contra Costa Conversation Project making it easier for East Bay residents to talk about the end of life On May 30, 2014, the Alameda-Contra Costa Conversation Project hosted a one-day program to train community-based champions and coaches to promote advance care planning throughout the East Bay. The training, funded by the California HealthCare Foundation, was […]