As professional planners working in the elder care field since the mid-1980’s, we are aware of the shining stars of elder care and end of life care. Annotated links will take you to model project sites and provide you with research needed to substantiate a shift toward community-based long-term care and palliative care. Current Issues are included to help keep ourselves and others abreast of matters affecting our work and communities of concern. The Journey Project Resource Center houses in-depth research collection far expanded beyond the representative sampling provided herein.

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts and others improve their understanding of our health care system and forms the foundation for many of the ... Read More

Diversity Rx

Diversity Rx: Promoting language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and ethnically diverse communities. Diversity Rx is supported by: The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Resources for Cross Cultural Health Care (RCCHC), and Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation of Menlo Park, CA. For more information contact Diversity Rx

Educating Physicians in End of Life Care

The EPEC training is easily accessible on line or to bring into the community as a credentialed workshop program. The EPEC mission is to educate all healthcare professionals on the essential clinical competencies in palliative care. The EOLCA co-sponsored an EPEC training for the Sonoma County region in 2001 and 2003 with more than 100 physicians and many other health care professionals taking the two day in-depth training. All EPEC materials including CD Rom, Trainors Manual and Plenary video tapes ... Read More

End of Life/Palliative Care Education Resource Center, Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

The purpose of EPERC is to assist physicians and other educators involved in all aspects of physician end of life (EOL) education through: Brief abstracts describing peer-reviewed instructional and evaluation materials A list of core resources for EOL educators and opportunities for training, extramural funding, and pending conferences Submission of your educational materials for peer review and potential inclusion on the site Through your participation, EPERC seeks to create a community ... Read More

Healthy Sonoma

Healthy Sonoma is a one stop source of non-biased data and information about community health in Sonoma County, and healthy communities in general. It is intended to help planners, policy makers, and community members learn about issues, identify improvements, and collaborate for positive change. Get started o­n Healthy Sonoma! Compare Sonoma's health with other California communities, the nation, and Health Action targets with more than 100 indicators. Learn about promising practices o­n a ... Read More

Hold Your Breath – A Journey into Cross-Cultural Medicine

Hold Your Breath - A Journey into Cross-Cultural Medicine Film Directed by Maren Grainger-Monsen, MD Check PBS for local broadcasting times in your region. Northern CA KQED and KRCB broadcasting in April, 2007. A lovely and moving meditation on the clash between religion, culture and modern medicine. Produced by Stanford Center for BioMedical Ethics, Program in Bioethics and Film Dr. Monsen is the film maker who also produced: Vanishing Line about her journey with a hospice chaplain caring for ... Read More

How Hospitals Shape End of Life

How Hospitals Shape End of Life Care Summary of Sharon. Kaufman, PhD Presentation to California Coalition for Compassionate Care Steering Committee Meeting June 3, 2005 Excerpted from Minutes of Meeting Sharon Kaufman, Ph.D. Professor of Medical Anthropology at UC San Francisco recently published a book entitled, And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. (2005, NY: Scribner). Dr. Kaufman said in her role as a medical anthropologist she “makes the strange, familiar; ... Read More

Improving End of Life Care: Why Has It Been So Difficult?

For this project, The Hastings Center invited some of the country's experts on end of life care to explore the significance of changes in end-of-life care. The final report, Improving End-of-Life Care: Why Has It Been So Difficult? features essays on subjects ranging from disability rights to public policy, examining where we have been, and where we have yet to go. Each essay asks us to consider what we believe to be true about end-of-life care, to consider what is actually true, and to envision ... Read More

Journey Project

  "Quality of life is the gold standard in palliative care. Francis Mueller, MD, Calistoga, California. Through the Journey Project, the Community Network builds upon nearly two decades of work advocating for quality, affordable neighborhood-based long-term care. Educational programming, strategic planning services, and publications offered draw upon a variety of perspectives representing the personal and professional experiences of those involved. The basic premise of Journey Project ... Read More