With funding and support provided by Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), and mentorship from the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), four new advance care planning (ACP) coalitions are taking root in Northern California.

While advance care planning (ACP) is recognized as a critically important component in the delivery of person-centered and culturally appropriate care, the work of creating and maintaining a successful community-based ACP program can feel like an uphill battle. But these four programs are already demonstrating that with some nurturing and support, local communities of providers can work together to build a solid foundation for successful ACP outreach.

PHC, a nonprofit community-based health care organization that contracts with the State to administer Medi-Cal benefits in 14 Northern California counties, has been working for several years to implement a variety of creative programs and practices around ACP. Recognizing the power of local coalitions in spreading ACP throughout a community, PHC recently launched an initiative to establish and support development of new local ACP coalitions in four of PHC’s service areas. Based on applications submitted by local provider groups, coalitions in Humboldt, Lake, Siskiyou and Yolo counties were chosen to receive 18 months of financial, leadership, educational, mentorship, and logistical support from PHC and CCCC to enhance and expand advance care planning in their communities

The new coalitions are:

Under the initiative, leadership from the four new coalitions have already come together for a kick-off event at PHC headquarters in Fairfield, Ca., where they participated in a full-day of CCCC’s Let’s Talk: Putting Advance Care Planning Into Practice training to prepare them to provide ACP education and activities in their communities. Each of these four new ACP coalitions also sent representatives to the CCCC’s 2018 Annual Palliative Care Summit in Anaheim last April, and participate in CCCC’s monthly local POLST/ACP coalition support calls where they can network with and learn from leaders of California’s other 24+ local coalitions around the state.

Highlights from the first few months of the grantees’ activities:
Humboldt Advance Care Planning (HUM ACP) has been working diligently to expand their membership base and engage a wide array of stakeholders from around their county, including developing and nurturing a number of local ACP physician champions.

My Life. My Way. Lake County Coalition for Advance Care Planning has developed an ACP road-map for each care setting and continues to explore strategies to increase ACP education and completion within their community.

Siskiyou ACP Coalition, “Let’s Talk” has had tremendous success engaging local media, both print and radio, amplifying their message and disseminating information about their workshops and community events.

Yolo Coalition to Honor Choices (YCHC) has been creating ACP workshops and training’s and providing community educational resources in the hopes of reaching out to all demographics within their county.

CCCC and PHC are very pleased with the ambitious plans and the progress to date, and look forward to seeing and supporting what is next for these four new local coalitions.

CCCC staff contact: Kristine Wallach, kwallach@coalitionccc.org.

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