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Palliative Care Chaplaincy Course Announced in Partnership with APC

Sun through the trees is spiritualCalifornia State University Institute for Palliative Care Releases Enhanced Chaplaincy Course

Created in Conjunction with the Association of Professional Chaplains

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 22, 2017 – Two leading professional organizations, the California State University Institute for Palliative Care (Institute) and Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), are pleased to announce the availability of a collaboratively developed course to prepare professional chaplains with the knowledge and skills needed to support patients and families dealing with the challenges of serious and chronic illness. Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy, an eight-week, fully online course was designed to deliver to busy chaplains and spiritual counselors the critical information needed to work in palliative care, individually and as part of a team, supporting families and individuals facing chronic and serious illness.

The Institute is now taking enrollments for the course, which begins July 26, 2017. Fully online, Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy was created and reviewed by nationally recognized palliative care professional chaplains. “Professional chaplains play an extremely important role in palliative care.” said Helen McNeal, Executive Director of the Institute. “The Institute has a proud history of providing chaplaincy education, and we are pleased to partner with APC and our curriculum experts to design this new and deeply enriched Chaplaincy Essentials course. The release of this course affirms our commitment to provide the latest and most comprehensive educational offerings for chaplains whose practice includes care for those with serious or chronic illness.”

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Physician Assistant Course Announced for Primary Care Providers

Nadya DimitrovCalifornia State University Institute for Palliative Care Releases Newest Primary Care Provider Course

Partners with AAPA and PAHPM Physician Assistant Organizations

SAN DIEGO, CA – May 17, 2017 – The California State University Institute for Palliative Care (Institute) has announced the release of its newest course which will provide physician assistants (PAs) with vital education about palliative care. A collaboration between the Institute and the Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM) culminated with the creation the course, “What Every Physician Assistant Needs to Know About Palliative Care.”

Physician assistants are an important and under-utilized group of health care providers that can help to address the shortage of qualified palliative care professionals.Helen McNeal, Executive Director of the Institute

Released at the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA)’s annual meeting this week in Las Vegas, the online course was created by a team of palliative care professionals, including physician assistants (PAs), to provide this growing group of clinicians with knowledge about what palliative care is, the benefits of providing palliative care, the care settings in which palliative care is used, and care skills to incorporate into their practice such as delivering bad news, when to refer, symptom management, and goal setting.

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UniHealth Foundation Grant Funds Latino Health

Palliative Care for LatinosGrant Funding to Increase Awareness of Palliative Care in Southern California Latino Community

UniHealth Foundation Supports Training Program for LA Area Promotoras

SAN DIEGO, CA – May 3, 2017 – The California State University Institute for Palliative Care (Institute) today announced it has received grant funding to make important progress towards reducing health disparities. Supported by a grant from the UniHealth Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission it is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities within its service area, the research is aimed at improving patient outcomes and the enhancing quality of life for Latinos in the Long Beach area dealing with the harsh difficulties associated with a serious or chronic disease.

Grant Funding Addresses Underserved Latino Community

Research indicates significant issues in the provision of culturally sensitive palliative care for Latinos. This grant funding will support increasing awareness of and access to palliative care, an approach that adds an extra layer of support by addressing the physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual concerns associated with serious and chronic conditions, in the Latino community in the Long Beach and greater Los Angeles region. Almost half of the over 10 million people in LA are Latino, but only 6.9% of patients’ currently accessing palliative care nationally are Latino. Based on this disparity, the Latino community is largely “underserved” in terms of access to palliative care, and may benefit from greater awareness of palliative care when it is championed by promotores.

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