Pediatric palliative care advocacy and educationThe Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC) is a division of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. Through CHPCC, we’re leading the way in offering solutions that make a difference for seriously ill and dying children. 


The 2019 Pediatric Webinar Series is presented in collaboration with Pennsylvania’s Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (PPCC) and Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition (GIPPCC).

January 22, 2019: Managing Pediatric Seizures at End of Life

Presenter: Melissa Hunt, PharmD, Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist, Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services
Join us as we discuss seizures, one of the most common symptoms seen in pediatric patients receiving hospice or palliative care. Through case examples, this session will review possible causes of seizures, discuss non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment options based on seizure type, and evaluate potential therapy adjustments that may be necessary as patients approach end-of-life.

Register for Jan 22 Webinar


February 21, 2019: Don’t You Forget About Me: Caring for Siblings

Presenter: Yelena Zatulovsky & Dana Richmond

March 19, 2019: Building Resilience in Children and Caregivers coping with Serious Pediatric Illness

Presenter: Dr. Abby Rosenberg

April 16, 2019: Advance Directives/POLST

Presenter: Kathy Perko & Debbie Lafond

May 23, 2019: Children and Spirituality

Presenter: Rev. Travis C. Overbeck

June 20, 2019: Ensuring Psychosocial Wellness in School and the Community for the Seriously Ill Child

Presenter: Kathy Davis, PhD, MSED

September 19, 2019: Pain Management for Children with Serious Illness in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic

Presenter: Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, FAAP

October 17, 2019: An Expense Worth Expressing: The Role of Expressive Arts in Pediatric Palliative Care

Presenter: Debra Lotstein, MD

November 21, 2019: Compatible with Life: Rethinking Care of Children with Trisomy 18

Presenter: Nicole Hahnlen & Deana Deeter



October 18, 2018: Medical Marijuana in Pediatric Palliative Care
Presenter: Elissa Miller, MD, DuPont Hospital for Children; Billie Winegard, MD, MPH, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

September 25, 2018: Transitioning Adolescents into Adult Care
Presenter: Parag Shah, MD, and Rebecca Boudos, Lurie Children’s Hospital

May 15, 2018: Concurrent Care: Pediatrics and complex care plans
Presenter: Shayna Stiles & Brandy O’Brien, NP, TrinityKids Care Team, California
Webinar recording coming soon!

June 21, 2018: Approach to Neurologic Symptom Management in Children at End of Life
Presenter: Audrey Foster-Barber, MD, University of California San Francisco

April 17, 2018: Perinatal Palliative Care
Presenter: David Munson, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Webinar recording coming soon!

March 20, 2018: Kids Needs Care Too! Developing collaborations, competencies and confidence to care for kids
Presenters: Jody Chrastek, RN, & Diane Knust, LCSW, Fairview Home Care and Hospice, Minnesota
Webinar recording coming soon!

February 20, 2018: Decision Making in Pediatric Palliative Care
Presenter: Scott Maurer, MD, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Webinar recording coming soon!

January 23, 2018: Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Children
Presenters: Elisha Waldman, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Webinar recording coming soon!

October 2017: Little People, Big Pain: Overcoming Obstacles to Pain Management in Children
Presenter: Melissa Hunt, PharmD
View webinar recording

February 2016: Courageous Conversations: What Clinicians Need To Know About Palliative Care & Advance Care Planning For Children & Young Adults
Presenter: Claire Vesely, RN, BSN, CHPPN, Palliative Care Coordinator, UCSF Benoiff Children’s Hospital Oakland
View webinar recording

POLST for Pediatrics

Conversations about end-of-life care are never easy, especially when the care concerns a seriously ill child.

The Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC), together with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, developed a curriculum that teaches clinicians how to have sensitive, meaningful end-of-life care discussions with parents about their child.

Released in 2012, the curriculum guides doctors, nurses, and other providers in using a POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form to record parents’ wishes for their child’s care in the final days of life.

Contact us to join the interest list for POLST for Pediatrics.