Less than three years after it launched at Cal State San Marcos, the California State University Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is having a profound impact both in the regional and in the nation through a number of initiatives that include a series of online courses for hundreds of health care professionals who are helping thousands of patients lead more comfortable lives.
But if CSUSM has its way, the best has yet to come.
“We’re just getting started,” said Dr. Sharon Hamill, a CSUSM Professor of Psychology who also serves as the Institute’s Faculty Director for the CSUSM campus. “We’re building a comprehensive network within the community to work collaboratively on programs that improve the quality of life not only for patients, but for their families, too.”
The latest effort of faculty involved with the CSU Institute at CSUSM is What Gives Your Life Meaning?, a series of CSUSM events from April 14-28 that includes a resource fair, art projects, a movie night, and several discussions and lectures.
“It is a way to educate students and the community about palliative care, health care choices in general, and the emotional issues involved,” Dr. Hamill said. “When there is an illness in the family, it’s a family affair. It’s not just about the person who has the illness. Knowing about the resources that are available and knowing about your options is vital. It’s also important for students to be educated about palliative care because illness can strike anybody at any time.”