The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California invites our members and professionals in palliative medicine and advance care planning to submit breakout session proposals for our 12th annual summit:

Sharpening our Vision for Compassionate Care in the Face of Serious Illness
May 5-6, 2020
Sacramento, CA

The Proposal Application can be submitted via email to A call for posters with a deadline will be announced in the early autumn.


The CCCC Annual Summit is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, policy makers, consumer advocates, engaged patients and others interested in clinical research, quality, and policy as it pertains to palliative care.

Presentations should focus on advanced issues involved in improving care for people with a serious illness.

Session Format

  1. Concurrent Session (75 minutes)
  2. Flash Presentations (5 – 10 minutes each – share your innovative ideas)

Presentations for the 2020 Annual Summit should be thought-provoking, innovative, and highlight ways we can sharpen our vision for compassionate care in the face of serious illness. Examples include:

  • Social determinants of health related to palliative care
  • Self-care and self-compassion for clinicians/managing burnout
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Successful models of palliative care across the continuum (hospital-based, community-based)
  • Integrating advance care planning into healthcare systems and/or communities
  • Ethical challenges related to serious illness and strategies to address those challenges
  • Self-medication and alternative treatments
  • Technology advances and trends related to serious illness, such as:
    • Increased data demands and use
    • Data security
    • Telemedicine
  • POLST quality improvement
  • Increasing access to palliative care for diverse populations (i.e., LGBTQ, homeless, developmental disability, those with behavioral health concerns)
  • Innovations in palliative care in long-term care settings
  • Innovations in patient and family engagement (from healthcare provider or patient prospective)
  • Groundbreaking palliative care practices for pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients
  • Implementing palliative care for adult and pediatric Medi-Cal enrollees
  • Successful work/life balance approaches

Submission Guidelines

  • Deadline: 5 p.m., Monday, Sept 30, 2019
  • Complete Proposal Application
  • Include a well-defined topic with focused objectives (description no more than 500 words)
  • Include all presenters’ biographies and contact information

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Separate applications must be submitted for each proposal.


Proposals will be evaluated using the following guidelines:

  • Innovation, creativity and originality of topic
  • Clarity, depth and specificity of proposal
  • Timeliness, currency and relevance of subject matter
  • Practical applicability of topic to palliative care and serious illness
  • Highly-interactive, shared-learning presentation approach and format

All proposals should be free of commercial bias and references to commercial products or services. All selected presenters are required to disclose the existence of any vested interest with a sponsor or any commercial product or service that is directly or indirectly related to the educational presentation.

Presenter Reimbursement Policy

Accepted proposals are eligible for discounted registration. CCCC does not pay honorarium, travel, per diem, or other costs for breakout session presenters. In addition, presenters are responsible for all expenses incurred in the development and implementation of their sessions, including reproduction, shipment, and delivery of materials. In addition, presenters MUST register to attend the conference for at least the day of their presentation.

PLEASE NOTE: Submission of the Proposal Application constitutes agreement with the Presenter Reimbursement Policy.

The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) promotes high-quality, compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life. Our goal is to transform healthcare so that medical care is aligned with individual patient’s preferences—that people get the care they need and no less, and the care they want and no more.

CCCC is an interdisciplinary partnership of thought-leaders from healthcare systems and organizations, government agencies, consumer organizations, and the general public. Through advocacy, education, and resource development, we’re working to ensure organizations and communities have the information, resources, and tools to expand palliative care across the continuum of care.