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chcf_ethno_reportNew 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.

POLST CaliforniaBriefing: Exploring the need for a POLST registry in California

Join the California HealthCare Foundation, CCCC, and others, to explore the potential benefits of creating an online POLST registry, share results from Oregon’s successful POLST registry implementation, and discuss findings of a recent assessment that identified factors related to establishing a POLST registry in California.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
California Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
1215 K Street at Esquire Plaza, 14th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

Registration opens November 11. Learn more.

consumer_reports“A Beautiful Death” launches on Consumer Reports caregiving hub

Consumer Reports recently added a new “hub” of information to their Choosing Wisely campaign. Highlights include a short and emotional documentary called A Beautiful Death, and a two-page report written in conjunction with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), called Palliative and Hospice Care: Comfort during a serious illness or the final months of life.

prepareOnline advance care planning tool now in Spanish

The advance care planning website is now available in Spanish. The website was translated into Spanish after careful pilot testing within the Spanish-speaking community and can be accessed at In research studies, PREPARE has been shown to help patients engage in advance care planning and to be easy to use by diverse, older adults.

CSU Institute for Palliative CareRegister for online POLST course; get free gift from the CSU Institute for Palliative Care

November is a good time to register for “Working with POLST for Professionals,” an online course hosted by the CSU Institute for Palliative Care. During the month of November, the Institute is giving away a very special palliative care course for health care professionals–Journey of Self-Awareness–with the purchase of any of their online courses. Learn more.

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