In August 2007, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors authorized the Department of Health Services to convene a health action council (now called “Health Action”) to work on improving health and health care for all Sonoma County residents. Health Action’s over-arching mission is community health improvement.
Building on the interest and commitment of many community leaders, the Department of Health Services has recruited and convened a diverse, multidisciplinary group to identify priority ... Read More
Formed in 1994 as Supportive Care of the Dying by six visionary Catholic health care organizations, Supportive Care Coalition: Pursuing Excellence in Palliative Care, has grown to 23 member organizations with health care facilities nationwide. In 2006, the name was changed to better reflect Coalition palliative care activities that address the continuum of living with life-limiting illness from time of diagnosis to end of life.
The coalition is dedicated to promoting cultural change that embraces ... Read More
TAKING CARE: ETHICAL CAREGIVING IN OUR AGING SOCIETY published by The President’s Council on Bioethics
Washington, D.C., September 2005
The President’s Council on Bioethics was created by President George W. Bush on November 28, 2001 to advise the President on bioethical issues related to advances in biomedical science and technology. Taking Care addresses the ethical challenges of caregiving in our rapidly aging society, with special attention to the care of people with dementia. ... Read More
A fundamental barrier in the quality of care at the end of life is the lack of measurement tools. These measurement tools should identify opportunities for improving medical care, examining the impact of interventions or demonstration programs, and holding institutions accountable for their quality of care. The Toolkit takes steps toward crossing this measurement barrier by creating patient-focused, family-centered survey instruments that address the needs and concerns of patients and their families, ... Read More
The United Hospital Fund’s mission is to shape positive change in health care for the people of New York. They advance policies and support programs that promote high quality, patient-centered health care services that are accessible to all. They undertake research and policy analysis to improve the financing and delivery of care in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other care settings. They raise funds and give grants to examine emerging issues and stimulate innovative programs. And they ... Read More