2018 Coalition Summit

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.

2017 Coalition Summit
May 09, 2017

Our second annual Coalition summit took place on May 9, 2017. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum 
Columbia Point 
Boston, MA

2016 Coalition Summit (First Annual)
May 12, 2016

Our first annual Coalition summit took place on May 12, 2017. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum 
Columbia Point 
Boston, MA


Current News

‘Death is not a failure’: Medical schools adapt end-of-life lessons
‘Death is not a failure’: Medical schools adapt end-of-life lessons

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.

Medical schools to teach how to discuss patients’ goals for care — and for life
Medical schools to teach how to discuss patients’ goals for care — and for life

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.

End-of-life care focus of UMass Memorial training program
End-of-life care focus of UMass Memorial training program

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 teams up with the Red Sox to support advance care planning
Beth Israel Deaconess teams up with the Red Sox to support advance care planning

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 Healthcare Works To Change How People Talk About End-Of-Life Care
Cape Cod Healthcare Works To Change How People Talk About End-Of-Life Care

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.

When you die, will your wishes be known?
When you die, will your wishes be known?

A story about the Coalition launch and the results of our 2016 benchmark research.

Health care and civic leaders launch Serious Illness Care Coalition
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
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
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.