The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California invites our members and professionals in Pediatric palliative medicine and advance care planning to submit breakout session proposals for our 11th annual summit:

Communicate | Collaborate | Innovate: Building Partnerships in Palliative Care

April 8-9, 2019
San Francisco, CA

The proposal application can be submitted here. A PDF version can be downloaded here.


The CCCC Annual Summit is is designed for EVERYONE who wants to learn more about palliative care, share innovative practices and be part of a growing movement to improve the care of seriously ill people of all ages, including pediatrics, adolescents, young adults, adults and geriatrics. In particular, the Summit brings together people from a variety of backgrounds who want to work together to advance palliative care including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, administrators, long-term supports and services providers, healthcare leaders, faith leaders, educators, academics, caregivers, patients, consumers, policymakers, media, innovators, designers and more!

Presentations should focus on cutting-edge strategies and programs involved in improving care for people of all ages with a serious illness.

Session Format

Presentations should focus on cutting-edge strategies and programs involved in improving care for people of all ages with a serious illness.

In 2019, the Summit will offer multiple session formats and opportunities for engagement:

  1. Concurrent Session (75 minutes)
  2. Concurrent Session (35 minutes)
  3. Flash Presentations (5 – 10 minutes each – share your innovative ideas)
  4. Poster Session

Presentations for the 2019 Annual Summit should be thought-provoking and innovative. Please keep the summit theme in mind.

Examples include:

Presentations for the 2019 Annual Summit should be thought-provoking and innovative. Examples include:

  • Successful models of palliative care across the continuum (hospital-based, community-based)
  • Integrating advance care planning into healthcare systems and/or communities
  • Ethical challenges related to serious illness and strategies to address those challenges
  • Self-medication and alternative treatments
  • Technology advances and trends related to serious illness, such as:
    • Increased data demands and use
    • Data security
    • Telemedicine
  • Opioids, marijuana and alternative pain management
  • Self-care for clinicians/managing burnout
  • POLST quality improvement
  • Increasing access to palliative care for diverse populations (e., LGBTQ, homeless, developmental disability, those with behavioral health concerns)
  • Innovations in palliative care in long-term care settings

Submission Guidelines

  • Deadline: 5 pm, Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Include a well-defined topic with focused objectives
  • Include all presenters’ biographies and contact information
  • Include a detailed content outline that covers the full presentation time (noting the amount of time given for the question and answer period)

Note: Submission of application constitutes agreement with the presenter reimbursement policy.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Separate applications must be submitted for each proposal.


Proposals will be evaluated using the following guidelines:

  • Innovation, creativity and originality of topic
  • Clarity, depth and specificity of proposal
  • Timeliness, currency and relevance of subject matter
  • Practical applicability of topic to palliative care and serious illness
  • Highly-interactive, shared-learning presentation approach and format

All proposals should be free of commercial bias and references to commercial products or services. All selected presenters are required to disclose the existence of any vested interest with a sponsor or any commercial product or service that is directly or indirectly related to the educational presentation.

Presenter Reimbursement Policy

Accepted proposals are eligible for discounted registration. CCCC does not pay an honorarium, travel, per diem or other costs for breakout session presenters. In addition, presenters are responsible for all expenses incurred in the development and implementation of their sessions, including reproduction, shipment and delivery of materials.


The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) promotes high-quality, compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life. Our goal is to transform healthcare so that medical care is aligned with individual patient’s preferences—that people get the care they need and no less, and the care they want and no more.

CCCC is an interdisciplinary partnership of thought-leaders from healthcare systems and organizations, government agencies, consumer organizations, and the general public. Through advocacy, education, and resource development, we’re working to ensure organizations and communities have the information, resources, and tools to expand palliative care across the continuum of care.