美華慈心關懷聯盟
有尊嚴及被尊重的面對生命末期
HealthCare Partners、美以美醫院‭(‬Methodist Hospital) 暨美華慈心關懷聯盟‭ ‬(Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care) 第三屆《安寧緩和療護華語志工培訓》認證班在南加開班招生囉!

由美以美醫院‭(‬Methodist Hospital) 認證,美華慈心關懷聯盟主辦的第三屆《安寧緩和療護華語志工培訓》即將於531日在南加州的美以美醫院開班,預計培訓二十至三十位針對安寧緩和療護服務的華語志工。

總部設在加州首府薩加緬度的美華慈心關懷聯盟,是美國第一個在華人社區推廣生命末期關懷運動的非營利聯盟組織,自2005年成立以來,已為多所全國性的醫療單位及安寧緩和療護基金會和療養所,翻譯不下百件的文宣資料,其中包括校訂加州大學舊金山分校的「加州醫療照護事前指示中文簡易版 Chinese California Advance Health Care Directive Easy Form」,以及加州「維持生命醫療醫囑 POLST」中文版翻譯。同時,也為醫療單位醫護人員舉辦超過百場『認識華人面對生命末期的文化及靈性議題』的教育講座,於全美主流醫療中心及安寧緩和療護單位之間,具有相當的知名度及影響力。美華慈心關懷聯盟創辦人陳明慧護理師表示:「安寧緩和療護的觀念和服務,廣泛地應用於美國主流社會裡,而我們華人卻礙於傳統以及對‭ ‬安寧緩和療護的誤解而錯過了許多政府提供的資源補助和服務。因此,致力於全美華人社區推廣生命末期關懷運動,鼓勵華人開放地探討和面對生命末期議題、加強華人對生命末期療護決定的了解和參與,即成了美華慈心關懷聯盟成立的使命。」

美華慈心關懷聯盟自2011年開始,已經在南北加州舉辦三班,共計百名學員志工結業。其中,擁有護理執照、參與訓練的華語結業志工,亦獲得護理再教育時數認證。為期四天、共計30小時的安寧緩和療護課程訓練,同時取得南北加州17所醫院、療養院及安寧療護所的全力支持,不僅提供訓練教材並接受結業志工進入單位擔任認證合格的安寧療護志工職務。美華慈心關懷聯盟並在去年應邀遠赴紐約,為紐約熱心參與推動生命末期關懷的義工,完成三十小時生命末期療護志工的培訓。

眾所期待,美華慈心關懷聯盟獲得HealthCare Partners及美以美醫院‭ ‬‭(‬Methodist Hospital) 贊助,擬於今年531日、6178日在南加州開辦第三屆《安寧緩和療護華語志工培訓》課程。上課地點在Arcadia市的美以美醫院 (Methodist Hospital)‭ ‬。《安寧緩和療護華語志工培訓》課程內容包括:安寧緩和療護的理念與歷史、身心靈上的相關議題、疼痛及症狀控制、溝通技巧、哀傷輔導還有志工職責、志工服務的安全問題和志工自我照顧等等。歡迎已在慈善單位服務的志工、護佐人員或是有志加入義工行列的愛心人士參與。美華慈心關懷聯盟創辦人陳明慧說,目前南加州全力支持這項培訓計劃的單位組織除了贊助單位Healthcare Partners及美以美醫院Methodist Hospital之外,還有 Hospice Touch Culver City, Mission Hospice, Nurse Plus Hospice, Roze Room Hospice, and VITAS Covina等多所醫院、療養院及安寧療護聯盟機構共同參與。‭ ‬各個組織也都非常期待了解中華文化、熟諳雙語的熱心志工加入服務行列。此計劃的目標是希望能增加華語安寧緩和療護志工的人數,並鼓勵安寧緩和療護機構使用這些志工來提供華人更好的醫療服務。我們也希望經由這個計劃,改善非華語醫護人員與華裔病人及家屬之間的互動關係。

有興趣參加美華慈心關懷聯盟主辦的《安寧緩和療護華語志工培訓》課程,可上網www.caccc-usa.org查詢並下載報名表‭; ‬報名表填妥後請寄至application@caccc-usa.org; 或欲進一步了解詳情,亦可致電‭ ‬(866) 661-5687留言或電郵admin@caccc-usa.org 與美華慈心關懷聯盟聯絡;報名截止日期為四月十五日。
上課地點及時間如下:
地點 : 美以美醫院Methodist Hospital‭ ‬
300 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91066
時間 : 531日、6178 早上8:00至下午5:00
CACCC's Third Chinese Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer Training to Begin May 31st

The training is supported by a grant from Methodist Hospital & HealthCare Partners.

Applications are now being taken (see link below) to train 20-30 volunteers for the 30-hour training for Chinese-speaking hospice and palliative care volunteers.

The training includes history of hospice and palliative care, pain & symptom management, Advance health Care Directive and POLST, grief and loss and complementary care. The goal is to prepare these bilingual volunteers to provide linguistically and culturally sensitive care to Chinese American patients in hospice or palliative care settings.

Training sessions will be held from 8am to 5pm on Saturday, May 31, Sunday, June 1, Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8 at Methodist Hospital, 300 West Huntington Drive, in Arcadia.

Organizations participating in this program include Methodist Hospital, HealthCare Partners, Hospice Touch Culver City, Mission Hospice, Nurse Plus Hospice, Roze Room Hospice, and VITAS Covina.


The Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care (CACCC), the first organization in the nation devoted to end-of-life concerns in the Chinese American community, is an active working coalition of over 80 organizations and more than 1300 individuals. The CACCC was formed in 2005 to address the lack of linguistically and culturally appropriate end-of-life information and training available to the Chinese American community and to the healthcare providers who serve them. The Coalition’s focus is helping Chinese Americans with advance care planning, providing hospice and palliative care volunteer training, providing education for the Chinese American community, and meeting the critical need of educating health care professionals who serve Chinese Americans.
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Jean recognized for her service
as CACCC Board Chair


CACCC End of Life Book Now Available

Learning to Let Go:
Saying Goodbye Peacefully

A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors for making our book release event such a success. Special thank you's to Fleur de Lis Flower shop for donating the beautiful flowers, and Alameda Family Funeral & Cremation, Inc. for donating the refreshments from L'epi D'or Bakery.



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A good turnout for the book event

Improving Palliative Care for Chinese Patients



Under a grant from Dignity Health, the CACCC is helping Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco improve palliative care for its Chinese patients. Under the grant:

  • CACCC will provide consultation for pre and post palliative care patient needs assessments prepared by St. Francis and will develop pre and post surveys for health providers at the hospital on their familiarity with Chinese patient issues.
  • CACCC will provide Health Care training to nurses and ancillary staff based upon knowledge gaps identified through the above survey and on-site observations.
  • CACCC will provide consultation to the Palliative Care Coordinator and palliative care team members through participation in family meetings and working with the Palliative Care Coordinator to assess and advise the care team on culturally appropriate strategies and interventions.
  • CACCC will assess the availability of internal and external resources for serving Chinese patients and families by interviewing the Palliative Care Coordinator, Interpreters, Case Managers and Social Workers and make recommendations for filling the gaps.
  • CACCC will coordinate with the Palliative Care Team (Volunteer, Spiritual Care, Interpreters, Social Workers, Case Managers, Marketing and Communications) to develop community outreach strategies for recruiting Chinese community members to classes on End of Life Care and Advance Health Care Directive. CACCC will provide lay leaders to conduct the classes in Cantonese. Initial class target of 30 participants scheduled for April 11, 2013.

CACCC‭ ‬宗旨
為在美華人提供一個能夠有尊嚴、
被尊重及有意義的面對生命末期的社區。

CACCC Vision

A community in which Chinese Americans are able to face the end of life with dignity, respect and meaning.

CACCC‭ ‬使命

鼓勵華人開放地探討及面對生命末期的議題;‭ ‬視生命末期為社區生活的一部份;強調在有尊嚴、被尊重下過世的重要性;

加強華人對生命末期療護決定的了解及參與;

經由合乎文化背景的方式,加強華人社區的參與;

教育華人社區及專業人員,提昇在緩和療護及疼痛控制的服務;

鼓勵服務團體的合作參與,分享專家意見及資訊,使個人及家庭能得到最佳身心靈整體的生命末期療護服務。

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CACCC Mission

Encourage open dialogue about end-of-life issues so that they are viewed as a natural part of community life, giving attention to the importance of insuring that people die with dignity and respect;

Enhance consumer understanding of and participation in end-of-life decision making;

Engage the Chinese-American community in end-of-life issues through culturally sensitive initiatives;

Advance interdisciplinary palliative care and pain management initiatives by providing education and training for members of the Chinese-American community and the professionals who serve it;

Encourage provider partnerships in which expertise and resources are shared, so that individuals and families receive exceptional end-of-life care and services that address physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs.

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to go to the English HFA Project page