A right to be shocked? Crowdsourcing resurrection (Part 2)

By David J Casarett, MD Author of “Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.” Part 2 in a two-part blog series from David Casarett, MD. Read Part 1 here. Welcome to the strange new revolution in crowdsourcing resurrection. This revolution has been a long time coming. Way back in the 18th century, concerned citizens […]


Orange County POLST Coalition uses Conversation Café model to amplify local advance care planning efforts

By Christine Chow, MSG Orange County Aging Services Collaborative Orange County POLST Coalition If you work or volunteer in the world of palliative medicine and end-of-life care you know there can never be enough outreach and awareness when it comes to advance care planning. The question always remains: how can you take a topic surrounded […]


A right to be shocked? Crowdsourcing resurrection (Part 1)

By David J Casarett, MD Author of “Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.” When 87 year-old Lorraine Bayless collapsed at the Glenwood Gardens retirement community in Bakersfield California on February 26, 2013, no one at the scene could have predicted the national media uproar that was about to engulf them. And they certainly […]


Coalition launches national consulting service for Advance Care Planning

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce we now offer a nationwide Advance Care Planning Consulting Service for healthcare providers. ACP Integration Services Our Advance Care Planning (ACP) consulting service works with healthcare organizations to design effective, yet cost-efficient customized Advance Care Planning solutions that result in a quality experience for […]


Have better conversations about goals of care in Chinese and Spanish

Decision Guides on life-sustaining treatments available in Chinese and Spanish translations The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is pleased to announce that our popular Decision Guides are now available in Chinese and Spanish translations. Decision Guides is an educational series that explains the complex topic of life-sustaining treatments, using consumer-friendly language along with evidence-based […]


July 31 Webinar | Listening Deeply: Lessons In Decision-Making From 24 Families

Palliative Care Access Project (PCAP) Webinar Listening Deeply: Lessons In Decision-Making From 24 Families Learn seven lessons to better to support your patients with medical decision-making. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and Point Forward joined forces to better understand the experience of patients and their loved ones with medical decision-making in the face […]


Community-based advance care planning champions trained in East Bay

Alameda-Contra Costa Conversation Project making it easier for East Bay residents to talk about the end of life On May 30, 2014, the Alameda-Contra Costa Conversation Project hosted a one-day program to train community-based champions and coaches to promote advance care planning throughout the East Bay. The training, funded by the California HealthCare Foundation, was […]


Educational guides help patients make decisions about life-sustaining treatments

Decision Guides for life-sustaining treatment For healthcare professionals, having a conversation about goals of care and life-sustaining treatments with seriously-ill patients and their loved ones can be difficult. Decision Guides for life-sustaining treatments is an educational series designed by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) that explains complex topics associated with these difficult conversations using […]


Survey: Outpatient palliative care

In order to assess California’s readiness to provide the best possible care to individuals with serious illness and their families, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), in collaboration with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, is conducting a state-wide assessment of the availability of outpatient palliative care services. Who should take the survey on outpatient […]