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 vision is to create a community where people explore their wishes for care towards the end of life, express these wishes, and have their wishes honored.

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.

We need a coalition, a movement, a critical mass. We need to work together so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We need to come together to develop resources for policy and communication. We need to improve our communication–to patients and families, health care providers, government, and the public.

–Victor J. Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine (NAM), in remarks at the NAM meeting on Assessing Progress in End-of-Life and Serious Illness Care, May 23, 2016


California has always been a highly diverse and innovative state. The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is building on that foundation to change the way we care for people with serious illness.

Our activities include:

  • Advance Care Planning Initiative: CCCC works with local coalitions throughout the state to engage the public in advance care planning, and with healthcare professionals to make conversations about the end of life a regular part of providing care.
  • Public Policy: Changing the model for end-of-life care involves not only families and healthcare providers, but also public policymakers. We track legislation and educate policymakers on issues that increase access to palliative medicine and quality, compassionate care.
  • Palliative Care: As the voice of palliative care in California, we incubate and disseminate models and ideas to improve access to quality care for all people.
  • POLST CaliforniaPOLST: CCCC is the home for POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) in California, and we work closely with more than 25 POLST coalitions in communities throughout the state to spread its use. As a result of this robust, grassroots collaborative approach, we have seen successful implementation of POLST statewide. Learn more at
  • Education: CCCC leads efforts to train healthcare professionals on POLST and advance care planning, as well as on cultural congruency at the end of life. We help providers develop the skills they need to talk with seriously-ill patients and families facing decisions about goals of care at the end of life. We also can work with healthcare organizations to bring customized training in-house for their staff.
  • Annual Palliative Care Summit: In 2020 we will host our 12th annual palliative care summit. Each year this conference convenes hundreds of leaders including physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, policymakers and patients interested in clinical research, quality, and policy as it applies to palliative care.
  • Resources: We have nearly 20 years of experience creating a range of educational materials for the public and for providers. These resources have undergone expert review to ensure accuracy and accessibility, and many materials are available in multiple languages.