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Portrait of Dr. Sharon Hamill

Palliative Care education for the community is a key area of focus for the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care. Patients

Portrait of Dr. Sharon Hamill

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the monthly meeting of the Riverside County Medical Association about the state of palliative care education and the need for more crucial conversations about palliative care in both healthcare settings and in the community. A fundamental concern is how to address the growing numbers of people living with serious illness and how to support them and their families.

MaryCarol Reeder

A clinical director of palliative medicine and leader in the growth of palliative care in San Diego has been named the 2023 recipient of the Doris A. Howell Award for Advancing Palliative Care, presented annually by the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care.

Portrait of Dr. Sharon Hamill

The year was 1987. It was December and most people were busy hurrying from shopping to holiday parties to religious observances, preparing with great anticipation for the celebrations to come. Thoughts of what to make for the holiday dinner or how to get all of the gifts wrapped in time consumed most of their days.

Jerry's Place Planning Group

California State University, Monterey Bay, located near the state’s central coast, is a long-term campus partner of the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care. I have served as the faculty director and am involved with various palliative care initiatives on our campus and surrounding community. One such initiative I would like to highlight is Jerry’s Place, a program through the Jerry Rubin Foundation for Cancer Care.


Can You See Me?

As individuals and organizations committed to palliative care education and services, we know that there is a great deal of misunderstanding about palliative care among the public. People often confuse palliative care with hospice and many believe that palliative care is only for those who are terminally ill.


The many strengths of palliative care: communication, advance care planning, pain and symptom management, and psychosocial/spiritual support—are needed more than ever. These free resources explore palliative care topics and strategies designed to inspire exceptional whole person care. Stay engaged with us to access new resources as they become available.

Get Engaged

The CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care aims to educate communities about palliative care. We offer links to organizations supporting patients and caregivers, empowering individuals to find optimal care and improve their quality of life.

San Diego Resources

San Diego is home to a variety of local resources that provide support for patients and their families. These resources include information, programs, workshops and support services located in the San Diego region.

CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM

Southern Caregiver’s Resource Center
Local office phone: (858)-268-4432

Aging & Independence Services
Local office phone: (800)-339-4661

Caregiver Coalition San Diego

211 San Diego
Local office phone: 211

Diseases Related Resources

Disease-specific organizations provide information, support, and guidance to those managing particular conditions. They offer educational materials, online forums, and access to experts who can help patients and families to navigate challenges.

Alzheimer’s Association
24/7 Helpline: (800)-272-3900

Alzheimer’s San Diego
Local office phone: (858)-492-4400

American Cancer Society
Local office phone: (619)-299-4200

Palliative Care Resources

Palliative Care is specialized medical care delivered by an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. They focus on working together to reduce patients’ serious illness symptoms and enhancing their quality of life. This support includes access to pain management, counseling services, and assistance with end-of-life planning.

CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care

Get Palliative Care

Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

California Health Care Foundation

Care Calendar: Lotsa Helping Hands

Caregiver walking with senior

Information Sessions
with Faculty

Join our next online webinar and Q&A session to learn more about our online, instructor-led courses.

There are no information sessions available at this time, but please check this page often for updates!

APRN Certificate in
Palliative Care

Thursday, September 14 at 3:00pm (PDT) via Zoom


Committed to Excellence
and Affordability

The CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care works hard to make our high-quality education affordable to all. Our Palliative Care Course Scholarships provide current healthcare professionals a chance to receive palliative care education and provide better quality care.
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Annual Scholarships

The Institute works hard to make our high-quality education affordable to all. We encourage students to explore outside opportunities for financial assistance, including checking with their employers about reimbursement for professional development.

We are pleased to announce that in 2024, the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care has awarded 8 scholarships! These general course scholarships, made possible by the contributions from our Giving Day donors, were awarded to enhance palliative care nationwide. Additionally, through the support of our generous lead sponsor, Darlene Shiley, we were able to award the Donald and Darlene Shiley Scholarships to enhance palliative care in San Diego County.

Thanks to the 2024 course scholarships we offered, healthcare professionals from California, Nebraska, Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, Montana, and New York were able to receive palliative care education. Among the recipients were 3 chaplains, 2 nurses, 2 advanced practice nurses, and 1 social worker. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Donald and Darlene Marcos Shiley Foundation and our Giving Day donors whose generous contributions made accessible palliative care education possible.

Scholarships are granted annually, so stay tuned for opportunities in the future. If you are interested in keeping up with current events at the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care, contact us.

If you are interested in enrolling in a course and require assistance with tuition fees, we offer payment plans for select courses and discounts for members of specific organizations. For more information, please contact our Relationship Management team at 760-750-4006.