Virtual Summit 2020 Schedule


DAY 1: Monday, August 24

8:00 am – 8:15 am | Welcome: Setting the Stage for Making the Most of Summit 2020
Presented by Judy Thomas, JD, Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

8:15 – 9:00 am | Showing Up When You Can’t Be Present – How the Pandemic is Changing Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care and Hospice
Presented by Joe Rotella, MD, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the experience of people with serious illness, their families, and the healthcare professionals, teams, organizations and systems who serve them. Dr. Rotella will share some ideas for how professionals, teams and organizations can do to keep showing up, even when we cannot be present, as well as opportunities and challenges for using telehealth to deliver advance care planning, palliative care and hospice services.

9:00 – 10:00 am | Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief
Presented by David Kessler, FACHE, Author/Speaker

David Kessler—an expert on grief and the coauthor with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross of the iconic On Grief and Grieving—journeys beyond the classic five stages of grief in his new book to discover a sixth stage: meaning. While many people look for “closure” after a loss. Kessler argues that it’s finding meaning beyond the five most familiar stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—that can transform grief into a more peaceful and hopeful experience. Kessler shares his roadmap to remembering those who have died with more love than pain, and shows us how to move forward in a way that honors our loved ones.

10:15 – 11:15 am | Facilitated Small Group Discussion Session

Participants will be divided into smaller groups for live, facilitated discussion around “showing up when you can’t be present” and finding meaning in grief amidst the unsettling world events.

11:30 – 11:50 am | Practical Strategies for You and Your Patients Dealing with Grief
Presented by Paul Denniston, Creator of Grief Yoga® 

This session blends together chair yoga, movement, breath and sound for a transformative way of releasing struggle and pain to move forward with more love and empowerment that can be used in clinical settings. No yoga mat is necessary, since the activity is led from a chair and the focus isn’t about physical flexibility, but emotional liberation.

11:50 – Noon | Recapping Today’s Highlights and Bridging to Tomorrow

Explore at Your Leisure | Poster Presentations


DAY 2: Tuesday, August 25

8:00 – 8:15 am  | The State of Palliative Care in California
Presented by Judy Thomas, JD. Chief Executive Officer, CCCC

While the past year has brought unprecedented challenges, it has also provided incredible opportunities for CCCC and its members to shape public policy and ensure that advance care planning and palliative care are fully represented in the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging (MPA). Hear about our MPA work, our COVID Conversations campaign, the latest activities around a POLST registry, and more.

8:15 – 9:10 am | Creating a Vital Continuum for the Seriously: Ill Identifying and Developing Community Partnerships, Even During a Pandemic
Presented by Martha L. Twaddle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

Individuals who are seriously ill need care that is seamless across care settings,  can  rapidly  respond  to  current needs  and  changes  in  health  status,  and  is  aligned  with  patient-family  preferences  and  goals. It requires collaboration, communication, and creativity to create a vital network of care.  Creating seamless partnerships is all the more challenging during the Covid-19 pandemic, requiring those three C’s all the more! Using case examples, this session will review practical examples of care for the seriously ill and the integration of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care 4th Edition, into the care model.

9:10 – 9:20 am | 2020 Compassionate Care Leadership Awards

Join us as we recognize and celebrate our 2020 Compassionate Care Leadership Award recipients and hear their inspiring stories.  Our recipients:

  • Dr. Jeanine Ellinwood, Snowline Hospice | Compassionate Care Leadership Award (Individual)
  • Joan Fisher, George Mark Children’s House | Pediatric Palliative Care Leadership Award
  • CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care | Compassionate Care Leadership Award (Organization)

9:20 – 10:00 am | Racism, Equity and Palliative Care (Panel Session)

Panelists: Marilyn Ababio, BA, MPA, Executive Director, Comfort Homesake, Oakland; Silvia Austerlic, MA, Founder of Senti-Pensante Connections, Santa Cruz; and Teressa Vaughn MPT, MHA, Advanced Care Planning Consultant, Sharp Health Care

We are currently bearing witness to two pandemics converging – COVID-19 and racial inequity. How do we come together to create a more equitable society and healthcare system, and how does palliative care support equity and healing?

10:15 – 11:15 am | Facilitated Small Group Discussion Session

Participate live in small facilitated discussion groups  where we can share examples and ideas for growing community partnerships and addressing racism and equity in palliative care.

11:30 – 11:55 am | Tapping the Source: Maintaining Compassion During Challenging Times
Presented by James Brown, Founder, Vedic Path Meditation

James Brown will lead a closing guided meditation on tapping into the inexhaustible well from which compassion flows, so that we can continue to give from a state of fullness, caring for ourselves and others, as we are called to do.

11:55 – 12:00 Noon | It’s a Wrap!: Key Takeaways and Special Moments from Summit 2020