Each month, CCCC hosts a one-hour professional development webinar to provide education on unique aspects of advance care planning, palliative care, POLST or the end of life. Webinars are designed specifically for healthcare professionals and registration is discounted for CCCC members.

Upcoming Webinars:


What is Quality Spiritual Care and How Do We Measure It?
January 15, 2019 – 12 pm Noon

In the movement of health care from quantity to quality, spiritual care has lagged in establishing its value proposition. The common wisdom is that evidence for this domain of care does not exist. Consequently, the integration of spiritual care has suffered, and patients have not received the benefits of good quality care. In fact, evidence-based quality indicators for spiritual care do exist along with metrics and measures.

Join us Tuesday, January 15, for this presentation by Rev. George Handzo. This course will discuss the evidence for the value of spiritual care, the quality indicators which derive from that evidence, and a process for incorporating high-quality spiritual care into any health care institution.

Rev. George Handzo


Past Webinars:

September 27, 2018: End of Life Option Act: Learnings from California’s Experience
Presenters: Barbara Koenig, PhD; Neil Wenger, MD, MPH; Judy Thomas, JD; Cindy Cain, PhD;  and Helen Stark, PhD
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July 12, 2018: Promoting Healthy & Resilient Teams
Presenter: Carla Cheatham, MDiv, PhD
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May 29, 2018: Earth, Fire, Wind & Water: Caring for the vulnerable through natural disasters
Presenter: Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN and Timothy Gieseke, MD, CMD
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December 13, 2017: 8 Mega Health Care Trends and How They Relate to Palliative Care PLUS the Year in Review
Presenter: Wells Shoemaker, MD & Judy Thomas, JD
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November 2, 2017: POLST eRegistry Pilot Project: 2017 Overview & Update
Presenters: Kelley Queale, Judy Thomas, Kate Meyers, Dr. Howard Backer, and others
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September 2017: End of Life Option Act: What are we learning? What’s ahead?
Presenter: Lael Duncan, MD
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May 2017: 8 Mega Health Care Trends and How They Relate to Palliative Care
Presenter: Wells Shoemaker, MD
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February 2017: Applying Population Health to Palliative Care
Presenter: Steve Pantilat, MD,MHM, FAAHPM
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January 2017: The Transforming Power Of Music
Presenters: Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky
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September 2016: The End Of The Rainbow: What Matters Most To LGBTQ Persons During Serious Illness
Presenter: Tim Vincent, MS,Manager, National Capacity Building Program, California Prevention Training Center
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July 2016: Sex, Drugs & Palliative Care: Addressing Intimacy Issues Of Serious Illness
Presenter: Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Clinical Director of Consulting Services, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
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June 2016: California End Of Life Option Act: An Overview Of The Law And Approaches To Communicating About Treatment Choices In The Setting Of Life-Limiting Illness
Presenters: Lael C. Duncan, MD, Medical Director of Consulting Services, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California; Lisa Matsubara, JD, Legal Counsel, Center for Legal Affairs, California Medical Association; Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C; Clinical Director of Consulting Services, Coalition for Compassionate Care of Californiaz
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April 2016:
“What Would This Patient Want?” Identifying Delirium And Its Impact On Advance Care Planning
Presenter: Daniel R. Hoefer, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Outpatient Palliative Care, Sharp HealthCare
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March 2016: Making The Case For Palliative Care: Free And Low-Cost Tools To Help You Pitch Palliative Care To Stakeholders
Presenter: Kathleen Kerr, Independent Healthcare Consultant
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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
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December 2015: The Future of Advance Care Planning: A 10-Year Vision for California
Presenter: Judy Thomas, JD, CEO, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
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November 2015: POLST in 2016: NPs, PAs & the Impact of Assembly Bill 637
Presenters: Joanne Hatchett, MSN, RN, FNP, ACHPN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Woodland Clinical Medical Group; Steven Johnson, PA-C, Physician Assistant, Internal Medicine, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
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October 22, 2015: Integrate vs. Implement: How to successfully integrate a palliative care program into any organization
Presenter: Helen McNeal, Executive Director, CSU Institute for Palliative Care
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September 2015: Show Me The Reimbursement: Getting Paid for Advance Care Planning Discussions
Presenters: Judith S. Black, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Geriatric Service Line, Allegheny Health Network; Kenneth Brummel-Smith, MD, Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professor, Chair, Florida State University College of Medicine; Robert L. Moore, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Partnership HealthPlan of California; Bruce C. Smith, MD, FACP, Executive Medical Director, Palliative Care Services, Cambia Health Solutions
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June 2015: Soothing the Spirit: Providing Spiritual Care to Palliative Care Patients
Presenter: Rev. Susan Cosio, MDiv, BCC, Sutter Medical Center
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May 2015: If Only Someone Had Warned Us: Talking with patients about risks
Presenter: Daniel Hoefer, MD, CMO, Sharp HealthCare
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March 2015: Out of the Box: How technology and innovation are increasing access to palliative care for hard-to-reach populations
Presenter: Michael Fratkin, MD, ResolutionCare
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February 2015: The Changing Landscape: How Public Policy is Shaping Palliative Care
Presenters: Sen. Ed Hernandez, California State Senate, and Chair, Senate Health Committee; Judy Thomas, JD, CEO, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California; Bob Moore, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Partnership Health Plan; Devon Dabbs, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition
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January 2015: What We Have and What We Need: Current CBPC Capacity and Resources for Bridging the Gap
Presenters: Kathleen Kerr, Healthcare Consultant; Kate Meyers, MPP, Healthcare Consultant

December 2014: How to Launch a Palliative Care Task Force in Your City or County
Presenters: Monique Parrish, DrPH, Founder/Director, LifeCourse Strategies; Christine Ritchie, MD, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA; Anne Hinton, Executive Director, Aging & Adult Services, City & County of San Francisco, CA
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November 2014: Measuring Value in Community-Based Palliative Care
Presenter: Kathleen Kerr, Healthcare Consultant
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October 2014: Introducing the Palliative Care Payer Toolkit: How Payers are Supporting Palliative Care
Presenter: Emily Warner, JD, Senior Policy Analyst, Center to Advance Palliative Care

September 2014: Palliative Care: How Social Workers Make a Difference
Presenters: Danette Flippin, MSW, MSG, Medical Social Worker, VSC Geriatric Clinic, San Jose; Kristyn Fazzalaro, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Palliative Care Supervisor & Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach
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August 2014: Palliative Care & Depression: Clinical Challenges
Presenter: Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, Director, Psychiatry & Psychosocial Services; Patient & Family Support Services, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
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August 2014: Introduction to the 2014 POLST form
Presenter: Mark Apfel, MD, Anderson Valley Health Center

July 2014: Listening Deeply: Lessons in Decision-Making from 24 Families
Presenter: Griff Coleman, PhD, Cultural Anthropologist, Point Forward
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