The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) is inviting e-Patients to apply for a scholarship to our 9th Annual Palliative Care Summit in Sacramento, California, on March 13-14, 2017. Scholarship options range from discounted registration, to full financial scholarships (including travel and lodging).
The deadline to submit an application is January 23, 2017.
Apply for a patient scholarship
Now in its 9th year, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California Annual Palliative Care Summit is aimed at providers caring for people of all ages—children, adolescents, teenagers, young adults, adults and seniors—and was designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, nursing home administrators, chaplains, patients and consumers who are interested in palliative care best practices, quality and policy.
Attendees will learn from and engage with thought leaders in palliative care, including:
- Eric J. Cassell, MD, MACP, author of The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine
- Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, City of Hope Medical Center
- Jennifer Kent, Director, California Department of Health Care Services
- BJ Miller, MD, University of California, San Francisco
- Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, Highland Hospital, Oakland
In total, the Summit features over 40 presenters representing a wide spectrum of palliative care topics including: community-based palliative care, quality metrics, payment models, public policy, pediatrics and other unique populations, and community engagement. View the full program.
The e-Patient Scholarship Program Includes:
- Full access to the 9th Annual Summit, including meals, cocktail hour, poster session and special evening session
- Recognition of e-patients during the Summit program, in the Summit print materials, and on the CCCC website
- Participation in two sessions for e-patients, including a prospective palliative care research project
- Support for the development and production of an professional poster to be featured during the Summit poster session (optional)
- Discounted Summit registration and/or financial assistance for travel and lodging
- Appreciation for the valuable perspective e-patients will bring to the palliative care conversation!
Expectations for e-Patient Scholars:
On-going: Respond to surveys and requests for information in a timely fashion.
Prior to the Summit: Participate in two (2) conference calls to plan and prepare for Summit-related sessions.
At the Summit:
- Attend the Summit in full, arriving on time and staying until the Summit ends on Tuesday afternoon, March 14, 2017.
- Participate at the same level as all other Summit attendees by attending all general sessions and meet-ups, and by networking with others.
- Participate in two (2) sessions specific to e-patients.
- Tweet and post on social media using the Summit hashtag (#cccc17).
After the Summit:
- Complete an evaluation related to your Summit experience.
- Write a blog post about the Summit. The blog post can be posted on the e-patient’s personal blog (if available) or on CoalitionCCC.org.
- Participate in a palliative care-themed tweet chat organized by CCCC within 2 months after the Summit. Exceptions can be made for participants who do not have access to Twitter.
Apply for a patient scholarship
About Palliative Care
Palliative care is specialized health care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness, with the goal of improving the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care can be provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
The palliative care team supports frontline physicians by devoting time to intensive family meetings and patient and family counseling. It supports treating physicians by resolving questions and conflicts between families/patients and physicians on achievable goals for care. It supports treating physicians by providing expertise in pain and symptom management.
Why include e-patients in the Annual Summit?
It has been said that patients are the most under-used resource in health care. CCCC is ready to engage the public in palliative care and advance care planning on a wider scale, and the time is right to establish a relationship with a community of people who are already highly engaged in their own health care. Patients and families offer valuable insights and experience and serve as messengers and champions, not only among e-patients but among the general population.
What is an e-Patient?
An e-patient is an individual who is equipped, enabled, empowered and engaged in their health and health care decisions. e-Patients envision health care as an equal partnership between e-patients, health professionals and the systems that support them. Learn more at e-patients.net.
CCCC commits to creating a welcoming and comfortable environment in which e-Patients will receive the same level of respect and inclusion given to clinicians, researchers, policy makers and other Summit attendees.
This Summit is partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (#EAIN-4105).
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.