Posted on: November 13, 2017
Written by: Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
As the space and need for pediatric palliative care grows, our pediatric team at CCCC is working with other pediatric coalitions across the country to maximize impact. The reality is that many of these coalitions depend solely on volunteers and one to two (often part-time) staff to run. As such, their influence is limited within their home states and across the country. Specifically, Devon Dabbs, CCCC’s Vice President of Pediatric Programming & Education has been working with Pennsylvania’s Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC) and Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC) to create a stronger network.
Growing out of the partnership between CHPCC and CCCC, we know first-hand the impact of combining resources and efforts can have on the overarching goals and outreach of each organization. Additionally, the California efforts for pediatric palliative care have had unique opportunities; from champions in California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), to a multitude of private donors, CHPCC/CCCC’s opportunity for growth and impact differs from the work in most other states.
“Pediatric coalitions are often hard to fund. It’s a smaller base–different from the adult population, and it’s not a subject most people like to talk about.” Said Dabbs, “Pediatric coalitions serve an important need, and are critical in the states in which they’re active. This opportunity to consolidate efforts is not only cost-effective, but much more impactful.”
In working with GIPCC and PPCC, Dabbs and our pediatric partners hope to use this collaboration to benefit not only the pediatric palliative care community cross the US, but to minimize burnout among the individuals leading their state’s efforts. Individual state organizations are limited by time and funding. By working together, sharing resources, and gathering state leaders together, we can reach more people and cover more ground. There’s no limit to the number of opportunities for exposure, and we can create a stronger network of support to sustain these important efforts.
We look forward to the collaborative work that will come out of these partnerships, and we’d love your support. You can stay up to date on our pediatric work by signing up for the email updates here, or donate to help us sustain our efforts.