About the Institute
Educating Current and Future Professionals
and the Community
The CSU Institute for Palliative Care, headed by Executive Director Helen McNeal and located at Cal State San Marcos, helps to ensure that California has what it needs to meet the challenges these needs present, today and tomorrow.
A 21st century university and one of the fastest growing CSU campuses in the 23-campus system, CSUSM was specifically selected to launch this initiative because of its history of innovation, its interdisciplinary academic qualifications, its model community engagement, and the commitment of its campus leadership, which includes a president, Dr. Karen Haynes, who has a doctorate in social work.
The need for palliative care and palliative care training is growing, thanks to increases in chronic and serious conditions, and the aging population’s desire for quality of life as well as quality of care. At the same time, health care systems are continuing to struggle to contain costs, while ensuring patient and family satisfaction. A major ingredient in the answer is palliative care. But, without more trained professionals to deliver palliative care, California will struggle to meet these needs.
The Positive Impact of The Institute Through Palliative Care Training