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The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is proud to honor Kathy Glasmire with the 2015 Compassionate Care Innovator Award.

This award honors a person who, in working closely with CCCC, has made an invaluable contribution to increasing access to palliative medicine and compassionate, quality end-of-life care in California, as well as helping to lead the way nationally. The winner of this award is selected by CCCC staff and leadership.

Awards will be presented at the CCCC 7th Annual Summit – Palliative Care: A Call to Action – in Sacramento on April 14-15, 2015.


Kathy Glasmire
Retired, Center for Healthcare Decisions

For more than 30 years, Kathy Glasmire has been a leader in engaging the public in advance care planning (ACP) and promoting quality, compassionate end-of-life care. During her career, Kathy set the tone for local coalition and public engagement activities in California. For many of us, she was a mentor who taught us the real meaning of public engagement. She also played a key leadership role during CCCC’s early years.

From 1997 to her recent retirement in 2014, Kathy was associate director of the Center for Healthcare Decisions, where she played a primary role in many innovative initiatives. These included Partners in Caring, an annual seminar for faith leaders, which is serving as a model for CCCC’s faith leader outreach, as well as ACP workshops for senior and healthcare organizations and a lunch-and-learn program for the workplace. Kathy was also responsible for developing ACP materials such as Finding Your Way and the Talking It Over discussion guide, and coordinating a Sacramento coalition to promote ACP and implement POLST.

From 2007–2012, Kathy served on CCCC’s board where she helped the organization transition to an independent 501(c)3. As leader of CCCC’s Public Engagement Initiative for over seven years, she worked with more than 20 coalitions to promote ACP in their communities. Kathy broadened CCCC’s outreach by leading efforts to bring ACP messages to Spanish-speaking Californians, including a two-year project focused on the Los Angeles area. In the San Francisco Bay Area, she worked with community leaders to engage Filipinos and Chinese Americans and helped launch the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care.

Learn more about the award criteria here.

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