Local Coalitions

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) coordinates local coalitions across the state, working to ensure access to high-quality, compassionate care for all Californians. Our local coalitions have established Advance Care Planning (ACP) and  POLST in their communities and continue to provide ACP and POLST education to healthcare professionals across the continuum of care, including how to use ACP and POLST properly and how to facilitate meaningful ACP and POLST conversations with patients and families. These coalitions also educate consumers about POLST and Advance Care Planning, and serve as contacts in their community when any issues related to ACP and POLST arise.

If you are interested in building a local coalition, please contact CCCC.

This project has been made possible by funding from the California Health Care Foundation.

Statewide Coalitions

Chinese American Coalition For Compassionate Care
P.O. Box 276, Cupertino, CA 95015
caccc-usa.org

Sandy Chen Stokes, RN, MSN, Founder and Board Chair
(916) 835-4007
[email protected]


Local Coalitions

Alameda/Contra Costa Area

Alameda-Contra Costa POLST Coalition
6230 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-5383
Joseph Greaves, Administrator
[email protected]

Mary Lee Gates, NP, MS, Director of Education and Outreach
[email protected]

David English, MD, Coalition Chair and Physician Champion
[email protected]

Antelope Valley Area

Antelope Valley Care Transitions Collaborative
ProCare Hospice
42442 10th Street West Suite E, Lancaster, CA 93534

Brandi Wheeler, Director of Marketing
(661) 951-1146
[email protected]

Lindsay Holland, Clinical Project Manager
Health Services Advisory Group
(818) 265-4671
[email protected]

Bakersfield Area

Greater Bakersfield Better Care Coalition
Christopher Meyers, PhD, Director
Kegley Institute of Ethics
California State University, Bakersfield
(661) 654-3149
[email protected]

Central Coast Area

Central Coast Coalition For Compassionate Care
Kris Kington-Barker
(805) 471-1233 mobile

San Luis Obispo County Compassionate Care And POLST Coalition
Shannon McOuat
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
(805) 544-2266
[email protected]

Humboldt Area

Humboldt POLST Coalition
Karen Ayers, NP
Hospice of Humboldt
(707) 445-8443
[email protected]

Karen Roemke
Acting Director of Social Services, Hospice of Humboldt
[email protected]

Humboldt ACP Coalition
Humboldt Advance Care Planning Coalition
(707) 442-0478
[email protected]

Karen Ayers, NP
Chair, HumACP
(707) 616-8113
[email protected]

Lake County Area

Lake County Coalition For Advance Care Planning
Ruth Lincoln, RN, PHN, MA
Executive Director, Lake County Coalition for ACP and Hospice Services of Lake County
(707) 263-6222
[email protected]

Los Angeles (West Los Angeles) Area

West Los Angeles POLST Coalition
Paul Schneider, MD, FACP
Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium
(310) 268‐3016
[email protected]

Marin Area

Marin County POLST Coalition
Teresa Tooker, Provider Relations Liaison
Hospice by the Bay, Larkspur
(415) 927-2273 or
(415) 720-9259 direct
[email protected]

Mendocino Area

Mendocino POLST Coalition
Mark Apfel, MD
Anderson Valley Health Center
(707) 895‐3477
[email protected]

Monterey Area

Hospice Giving Foundation
Philip Geiger
(831) 333-9023
[email protected]

Orange County Area

Orange County POLST Coalition
Patty Barnett Mouton
Alzheimer’s Orange County
(714) 349-5517 mobile
(949) 955-9000 office
[email protected]

Dr. Vincent Nguyen
Hoag Hospital
(949) 764-8585
Vincent.Nguye[email protected]

Greater Pasadena Area

San Gabriel Valley End-Of-Life Care Coalition
Marcia Penido, LCSW, MPH
Huntington Hospital
(626) 397-3329
[email protected]

Erica Gamez, MSW
Bereavement Manager
Vitas Healthcare
[email protected]

Susan Brown
By Your Side Manager
Episcopal Communities and Services
[email protected]

Riverside/San Bernardino Area

Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition
Dr. Tarek Mahdi, Advisory Group Chair
(951) 233-7839
[email protected]

Dolores Green, Executive Director
Riverside County Medical Assn.
(951) 686-3342
[email protected]

Alternate Contact to Dolores –
Bianca Scarborough
(951) 686-3342
[email protected]

Sacramento Area

Greater Sacramento Coalition For Compassionate Care
Susan Taylor, RN
[email protected]

Cindy Carroll, RN
[email protected]

San Diego Area

San Diego POLST Coalition
San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care
General email
[email protected]

Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD
[email protected]

Sharon B. Hamill, Ph. D.
Faculty Director, Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM
(760) 750-8029
[email protected]

San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley Area

SPA 2 POLST Coalition
Joni Novosel, Executive Director
Valley Care Community Consortium
(818) 947-4040
[email protected]

San Francisco Area

San Francisco Community-Based Palliative Care Initiative
Steve Heilig
San Francisco Medical Society
(415) 561‐0850 ext. 270
[email protected]

Jeff Newman
[email protected]

Nate Hinerman
[email protected]

San Joaquin Area

San Joaquin Coalition For Compassionate Care
Gerry Grossman
San Joaquin Coalition for Compassionate Care/Catholic Charities
(209) 444-5908
[email protected]g
www.sanjoaquinccc.org

San Mateo Area

Coalition For Compassionate Care Of San Mateo County
Francine Serafin-Dickson, MBA, RN, Chair
Executive Director
Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County
(650) 573-3957
[email protected]

Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara POLST Coalition
Susan Plummer
Alliance for Living and Dying Well
(805) 845-5314
[email protected]

Jeanne M. West
(805) 845-3747
(805) 886-4234 mobile
[email protected]

Rebecca Simonitsch, MS, MAEd, CT, CCLS
Advance Care Planning Coordinator
Cottage Health, Santa Barbara
(805) 448-0399
[email protected]

Santa Cruz Area

Santa Cruz County Make Your Wishes Known Initiative
Shirley Sapena, MSW
Transitional Care Liaison
(831) 430‐3050
[email protected]

Siskiyou County Area

Siskiyou ACP Coalition “Let’s Talk”
Karen Wiley, RN
Madrone Hospice, Inc
(530) 842 – 3160
[email protected]

Sonoma County

Journey Project Coalition
Susan Keller, MA, MLIS, Director
Community Network Journey Project, Santa Rosa
(707) 539-2364
[email protected]
CaringCommunity.org

My Care, My Plan – Speak Up Sonoma County
Advance Care Planning Community Initiative
Dorothy Foster, MFT, Co-Chair
Psychotherapist in Private Practice
(707) 793-2152
[email protected]

Taylor McCandless, MSW, Co-Chair
Medical Social Worker, Healing and Home, Sonoma Valley Hospital
(707) 935-5135
[email protected]

Jenay Cottrell, Program Planning & Evaluation Analyst
Sonoma County Human Services Department
Adult & Aging Services Division
(707) 565-5738
[email protected]g

3725 Westwind Blvd., Ste. 101
P.O. Box 40-59
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-4059
(707) 565-5950
MyCareMyPlanSonoma.org

Stanislaus Area

Stanislaus County POLST Coalition
Sheila Singh Dobbins, MSN, RN, FNP
(209) 342-4001
[email protected]

Ventura Area

Ventura County Coalition For Compassionate Care
Teri Helton, RN, PHN, MSN, FCN / Primary Contact
Community Outreach Liaison, Livingston Memorial VNA, Ventura
(805) 612-7741
[email protected]

Mary Carr / Secondary Contact
Executive Director
Ventura County Medical Association
(805) 484-6822
[email protected]

Woodland/Yolo Area

Yolo POLST Coalition
Joanne Hatchett, MSN, FNP
[email protected]

Jeffrey Yee, MD
Woodland Medical Group
(530) 668-2650
[email protected]

Liz Romero
Yolo Hospice, Inc
(530) 758-5566
[email protected]