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Improving Palliative Care for Chinese Patients

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Under a grant from Dignity Health, the CACCC helped Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco improve palliative care for its Chinese patients. Under the grant:
  1. CACCC developed pre and post surveys for health providers at the hospital on their familiarity with Chinese patient issues
  2. CACCC provided Health Care training for nurses and ancillary staff
  3. CACCC also provided consultation to the Palliative Care Coordinator and palliative care team members
  4. CACCC assessed the availability of internal and external resources for serving Chinese patients and families
  5. CACCC coordinated with the Palliative Care Team to develop community outreach strategies

Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Proposal

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After the completion of the 2013 PAMF Endowment Fund project, the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care (CACCC) provided education outreach about Advance Heath Care Directive (AHCD), Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and End of Life Care to Chinese Americans residing in Alameda and Santa Clara counties. In 2014, the CACCC conducted community outreach, particularly to Chinese seniors, on the advantages of completing an AHCD and the POLST form in Alameda and San Mateo Counties. CACCC seminars explained what these forms do and how to complete them. This year, the CACCC will also conduct Heart to Heart Cafes to initiate conversations about death and how to prepare for it. CACCC volunteers will help participants actually complete their AHCD at the community seminars and at the Cafes, using the Chinese translation of the forms as a tool for understanding the implications of each section of the AHCD and the POLST form. In addition, participants will gain a basic understanding of end of life issues, such as the benefits of hospice and palliative care.

Memory Book Project

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The CACCC Memory Book Committee continues to work on a four-color book for those facing end of life. The Memory Book will contain a chapter for "telling your story”, a chapter for "messages to your loved ones", a place for saying what dying means to you, a place for photographs, a place for instructions to loved ones on what to do after you die ... and much more.

CACCC's Heart to Heart Cards

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CACCC's Heart to Heart cards are designed to facilitate communication about issues surrounding the end of life. There is a two-fold emphasis in the Heart to Heart communication activity: decide what you want at the end of life and complete the Advance Health Care Directive, so everybody knows what you want.

Heart to Heart Café

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The CACCC has been conducting Heart to Heart Cafés throughout Northern & Southern California . The cafés gather groups of 6-10 people together to discuss how to prepare for one's death and the death of one's loved ones. One of the purposes of the Cafés is to encourage participants to complete their Advance Health Care Directive.

30-hour Hospice and Palliative Care Training in Southern California

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Another CACCC 30-hour training for Chinese-speaking hospice and palliative care volunteers is scheduled for December. Keep coming back for the latest info on this training.
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The Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care, the only coalition in the nation devoted to end-of-life concerns in the Chinese community, is an active working coalition of 48 Partner Agencies and over 1,300 individual members.

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