Summit 2018 - Call for presentationsThe 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 10th annual summit:

Better Together: Forging a Path to Person-Centered Care
April 10-11, 2018
Anaheim, CA

The proposal application can be submitted here. 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

Breakout session presentations are 75-minutes in length. Presentations must include a 15-minute question and answer period at the end of each session (60 minutes for the presentation, 15 minutes for Q&A).

Presentations for the 2018 Annual Summit should be thought-provoking and innovative. Examples include:

  • Successful models of palliative care across the continuum
  • Integrating advance care planning into systems and communities
  • POLST quality improvement
  • Increasing access to palliative care for diverse populations
  • Heath care reform
  • Population health management
  • Patient engagement in palliative care
  • Palliative care for pediatrics, adolescents and young adults
  • Public policy and palliative care

Submission Guidelines

  • Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Include a well-defined topic with focused objectives
  • Include all presenters’ biographies and contact information
  • Include a detailed content outline that covers the full presentation time (noting the amount of time given for the question and answer period)

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

For each proposal that is accepted for a breakout presentation, up to two (2) of the presenters will be eligible for a 50 percent discount on conference registration.

CCCC does not pay an 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.

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.