The Coalition held its third annual summit on May 15, 2018 at the John F. Kennedy Library. The day featured a discussion with Jonathan Bush about the experiences of serious illness and end-of-life-care with his aunt, Barbara Bush and his uncle, George H.W. Bush; the results of the coalition’s 2018 consumer research, as well as an in-depth panel discussion on what lessons we can learn from major public health and social change success stories, such as tobacco control, automobile safety and marriage equality.
2018 Coalition Summit
An update on the progress of the Coalition’s work with the four Massachusetts medical schools on revamping undergraduate curriculum to focus on serious illness communication skills.
The Coalition convenes the four Massachusetts medical schools to strengthen curriculum around advance care planning conversations. Also discussed is the Coalition’s research and comments from patients and families.
This piece includes information on the Coalition’s most recent research and describes an innovative training program at UMass Memorial to prepare nurses for hospice and palliative care.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox and member of the Coalition, promoted Healthcare Decisions Month at Red Sox home games during April. Sox manager Alex Cora is featured in the engaging video.
Cape Cod’s Quality of Life Initiative is an innovative, community-based program focused on getting people in the region to name and talk to a proxy.
Coalition co-chair Dr. Atul Gawande joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the importance of serious illness care conversations.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Andrew Dreyfus discusses his personal experience with serious illness care in this Boston Globe column.
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.