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New Special Report

From the CHCF

A Field GuideOn September 30th, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) made available a new free guide focused on helping organizations interested in building community based palliative care in California.

In 2013, CHCF launched the Palliative Care Action Community (PCAC) to bring to light collaboration  ...

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NEW Palliative

Care Courses


Culturally Competent Palliative Care

for Latinos


Culturally Competent Palliative Care for Latinos
DATE: November 10-21, 2014
LOCATION: Online

This program will present healthcare providers with an understanding of culturally sensitive palliative ...

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Excellence in Interprofessional

Palliative Care Documentation


Excellence in Interprofessional Palliative Care Documentation
DATE: October 20, 2014
LOCATION: Online

In palliative care, documentation is at the heart of our communications. This course provides quick, ...

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Working With POLST?


What is POLST?
DATE: In Progress
LOCATION: Online

POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. It is a physician order that ...

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Complimentary eBook For RN's

Talking to Older Patients Palliative Care

This 74-page eBook effectively covers communication from obtaining medical history to breaking bad news. It is not only fact-full, but contains relateable situational stories that encourage patient centered communication, the cornerstone of palliative care.

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RN Certificate Palliative Care

About the CSU Institute
for Palliative Care

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) is the first statewide educational and workforce development initiative focused on palliative care. We offer health care professionals the opportunity to enhance their careers by learning more about palliative care. We educate our communities in San Diego County on the importance and power of palliative care.

Founded in 2012 by the largest higher-education system in the U.S., the Institute is addressing the growing need for professionals who can help individuals and families managing serious and chronic illnesses achieve quality of life along with quality of care. The Institute is leveraging the CSU’s renowned faculty expertise, its interdisciplinary curriculum, and its role as one of the largest producers of healthcare graduates in California to develop the palliative care workforce needed by 2020.

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Envisioned to be a state-wide resource and nationally recognized model for serving the educational needs of today’s professionals, students and the public at large, the CSU Institute for Palliative Care will create a template for palliative care education and community engagement that can be adopted by other CSU campuses across the state and at institutions around the country.

We are always looking for opportunities to leverage our resources and expertise with like-minded organizations. Please contact us if we can be of assistance in your efforts to share this important message.

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