Executive Director’s Message
There’s a lot in bloom at the Institute this spring! And we are all very excited!
As many of you know, my roots in hospice run deep, and as palliative care expands into the community, hospices are a natural place for palliative care programs to take root. That’s why I am pleased to announce that we have launched a new collaboration between the Institute and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). This collaboration will benefit hospices, palliative care providers, and will ultimately make palliative care more accessible to patients and their families.
Everyone has recognized that a key member of the care “team” when it comes to palliative and end-of-life-care is your insurance company. We need health plans to not only cover the cost of palliative care services provided by a team, but also to have their case managers understand what palliative care is and how to engage patients, families and community resources with this care. We recently finished the pilot of our Palliative Care for Case Managers program, with glowing reviews. Participants have given us feedback that it has helped them reach and support patients in ways that they could not before. Be watching for our official announcement of this course, in both face-to-face and self-paced online module format very soon. Drop me a note if you would like to be on the announcement list for this program.
Our Interprofessional programs are certainly having an impact. The face-to-face Interprofessional Palliative Care for Community Clinics program’s primary goal is to work with community clinics to help them to enhance collaborative practice, integrate primary care-level palliative care and in so doing reach patients and families that might otherwise not have access to or even know about palliative care. One of our participating physicians said “I’ve waited my entire professional career for this!”…
What do you want to see more of from the Institute? Please let us know what courses you would like to see or how we can improve any aspect of our services.
We welcome any and all feedback.
Here’s What’s Going on at the Institute
New Collaboration With NHPCO Announced
Left to right: John Mastrojohn, COO of NHPCO, Helen McNeal, Executive Director of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care, J. Donald Schumacher, CEO of NHPCO, Anita Brikman, Sr. VP Strategic Communications of NHPCO
The collaboration between NHPCO and the CSU Institute for Palliative Care gives NHPCO members access to current and future educational programming, providing NHPCO members with a discounted price for all educational offerings.
NHPCO President and CEO J. Donald Schumacher stated, “We have chosen to work with the Institute because providing high quality care to palliative care patients requires a distinct and specialized level of expertise and skills in addition to the core hosp ice competencies.
New educational programs are currently under joint development to be released some time this fall. NHPCO members can save 10 to 15% of any course. Learn more
New Team Member
Our newest team member is Eileen Piersa – Director, Campus Relations. She will be working with our seven partner campuses as the Institute continues its expansion across the California State University system. Eileen’s role is to support the Faculty Director at each participating campus in working with faculty to integrate palliative care into the curricula on campus as well as offering local palliative care educational events to the local community. She is the liaison between the participating campus partners and the Institute. Eileen will also be coordinating this year’s Second Annual CSU Palliative Care Symposium for CSU faculty members, October 6-7.
Eileen has a background in both palliative care, education, training and organization development. Most recently, she was a Career Services Manager at Ashford University. Prior to joining Ashford, she was the Manager of International Programs at the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice. She oversaw the international leadership program, the fellowship training in palliative medicine and the visiting scholars program. Eileen has taught at the University of Washington, Antioch University and Heritage College. Eileen holds a B.A. in Family Life Education, an M.S. in Organization Development, and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology.
CSU Campus Partners
What Gives Your Life Meaning (And Who Needs to Know?)
This provocative question lead to a series of activities that took place campus-wide at the Institute’s Campus Partner, Cal State University San Marcos from April 14 – 28. Events included world-class speakers and hands-on art and music. The event was led by Institute Faculty Director, Sharon Hamill, PhD.
There was a thought-provoking movie with free ice cream and in-depth discussions with both faculty and students about the importance of knowing what you would do if you could not speak for yourself. Workshops on advance directives were given to faculty and staff and another for students called “My Voice, My Choice”. The series brought students, staff, and faculty together for a little laughter and a lot of learning. The events earned some positive news coverage on KPBS TV and radio.
Interprofessional Programs = Big Impact
“With the education and tools presented we were able to show that our palliative care team saved the hospital over $2,000,000 in the first 6 months this year.”
Dr. John Morris
The Business Case for Palliative Care – Take a look at how this physician used our $200 self-paced course to save his hospital over $2,000,000 in six months. Dr. Morris used this powerful four-hour self-paced course to create the dialogue necessary to make such a strong statement. Find out how he did it. This is a great example of the impact an interprofessional program can have on both the individuals and the organization. Learn more about The Business Case for Palliative Care.
Interprofessional Palliative Care for Community Clinics – This program has multiple, innovative components. The program’s primary goals are to develop and enhance collaborative practice environments that deliver patient-centered quality healthcare that is safe, efficient, effective and equitable. In our recently completed pilot, the reviews were positively off the charts. We documented some of it on video!
“I’ve waited my entire professional career for this!”
Institute Alumni Programs Launched!
We constantly hear how grateful our course participants are for the engaging interaction they experience with fellow students and their faculty. To further that experience, we have launched online alumni programs through LinkedIn for our nursing, social work, and chaplaincy participants. If you have attended one of our courses, you are welcome to join an alumni group.
The goal of our alumni groups is to support participants in:
- Maintaining the positive shared experience with classmates
- Keeping up with the latest news in palliative care
- Meeting like-minded professionals
- Networking to create new, professional relationships
- Nurturing career opportunities
- Continuing to expand knowledge and supportive professional interactions with experts
- Providing an opportunity to engage in meaningful group dialogue
- Giving feedback to the Institute on ways to improve or offer new courses and ultimately the quality of palliative care
- Receiving the Institute’s latest news on courses, discounts, opportunities and more!
Institute Website Changes
We’ve made some changes to the site, making it easier to navigate and find what you want. We’ve added the Palliative Care Blog, which we will update frequently with discussion topics of current interest as well as current Institute news. If you have anything you feel we should be mentioning, please let us know. Also check out our new Calendar of Events for a quick glance at everything we have coming up.
Learn more about all of our professional programs in palliative care.
Ensuring that every Californian has access to palliative care when it is needed is our mission. To help achieve this, we’ve added a new member to our team that will be working directly with our partner campuses throughout the CSU system; Eileen Piersa. In addition, on October 6-7, we are hosting the Second Annual CSU Palliative Care Symposium for CSU faculty members.
The Faculty Learning Community at our original campus partner, Cal State San Marcos, had a very successful event last month that engaged students and faculty with the importance of advanced decision-making and palliative care. The event was well received by students and faculty and garnered some great news coverage on KPBS TV and KPBS radio.
And this is only the start! There is a lot more coming … new courses, continuing improvements to our website, new resources, new initiatives and new partners… all with goal of achieving the purpose that we share with each of you… ensuring that everyone, across California, across the United States and even internationally, has access to quality palliative care.