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Alameda-Contra Costa Conversation Project making it easier for East Bay residents to talk about the end of life

Alameda-Contra Costa Conversation ProjectOn 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 developed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) with the goal of making it commonplace for people to have conversations about the types of care they want when they are seriously ill or at the end-of-life. .

The East Bay program is one of five local coalitions working with CCCC to create community-based advance care planning programs throughout California. The other programs are located in Orange, Riverside, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties.

Over 50 champions and coaches were trained to promote end-of-life conversations. As part of the day’s activities, the trainees as well as other members of the public heard from key community leaders, including:

  • Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor Chair Karen Mitchoff
  • Lisa Krieger, San Jose Mercury News reporter who authored the award-winning series “The Cost of Dying
  • Sue Micheletti, Chief Operating Officer for San Ramon Regional Medical Center
  • Donna Foliart, MD, a local palliative care specialist for John Muir Health
  • LaVera Crawley, MD, a nationally known medical ethicist specializing in health disparities in end-of-life care, who recently became a palliative care chaplain

To get in touch with an Alameda-Contra Costa County champion, or find local advance care planning events, visit

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