Our Mission

Our Coalition’s mission is to ensure that everyone in Massachusetts receives health care that honors their goals, values, and preferences.

Through the Coalition, we have an opportunity to build on the good work of clinicians, community groups, researchers, and leaders in health and government by coordinating efforts. Our combined initiatives will promote substantial, systemic change.

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Health care and civic leaders launch Serious Illness Care Coalition

Coalition co-chair Dr. Atul Gawande joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the importance of serious illness care conversations.

When the personal and professional unexpectedly collide

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Andrew Dreyfus discusses his personal experience with serious illness care in this Boston Globe column.

At end of life in Mass., hospital care is big cost

In light of data indicating that more people spend their final days in the hospital rather than receiving hospice care, Dr. Gawande speaks to the Boston Globe about the Coalition's work to ensure more people receive care that aligns with their wishes.

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The right care at the right time: ensuring person-centered care for individuals with serious illness.

Our Coalition co-chair, Dr. Atul Gawande, testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Coalition co-chair Dr. Atul Gawande testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging June 23, 2016. His remarks emphasized the importance of serious illness care conversations to assure individuals receive care that honors their goals and priorities beyond living longer. He also highlighted the multi-pronged, multi-year strategy already underway in Massachusetts to support and encourage families and the health care community alike when it comes to having thoughtful, empowering conversations surrounding serious illness care and end-of-life preparation.

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Research Spotlight

In 2016, we fielded the first of a recurring series of surveys measuring Massachusetts residents’ views on serious illness and end-of-life care. View the Survey