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The need for culturally and linguistically focused education and training for Chinese American patients and caregivers is especially great. Poor care and wrong care often result from misunderstandings related to differences in language and culture. Chinese Americans continue to have the lowest rates of hospice use of any group. In focus groups, Chinese Americans reported they would have made different decisions if they had had more complete information at the time of a loved one’s death.
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  • Three facilitators for the CACCC Bereavement Support Group have completed their training by Odyssey hospice.
  • More than 30 volunteers have completed training for the suicide prevention hotline. The training was provided by the Santa Clara Suicide and Crisis Hotline. The Mandarin hotline is available at 1 (885) 278-4204
  • Trained volunteers will be conducting suicide prevention outreach in Northern California to help the Chinese community cope with issues surrounding suicide and its prevention. The plan is to extend this to Southern California and elsewhere soon.
  • Extended POLST and Advance Health Care Directive outreach in San Francisco in cooperation with St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Trained an additional 20 Speaker Bureau volunteers to expand this outreach in both Northern and Southern California. Trained 45 volunteers in New York who will do outreach on MOLST (the NY version of POLST).
  • Published the first book on the Chinese End of life Movement


The Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care, the only coalition in the nation devoted to end-of-life concerns in the Chinese community, is an active working coalition of over 1,300 individual members.

The CACCC was formed in December 2005 to address the lack of linguistically and culturally appropriate end-of-life information and training available to the Chinese community and those who serve it. The CACCC incorporated in 2007, and achieved 501c3 tax-exempt status in the same year. A Board of Directors sets policy for the organization. The coalition’s focus is helping Chinese Americans with advance care planning, assisting with palliative care and pain management, providing respite and hospice volunteer training, targeting education for members of the Chinese-American community, and meeting the critical need of educating health care professionals who serve Chinese Americans.

CACCC's members represent more than 80 organizations. Some of these organizations work directly with the CACCC to improve end of life care services and resources for Chinese Americans. They are our Partner Agencies, listed below. We believe that sharing expertise and resources through partnerships is essential to providing exceptional end of life care that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families.
All care Home Health and Hospice
Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California & Nevada
American Cancer Society, California Chinese Unit
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Asian Community Center Nursing Home
Asian Network Pacific Home Care & Asian Network Hospice
California Hospice and Palliative Care Association
California Transplant Donor Network
Center for Healthcare Decisions
Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition
City of Hope National Medical Center
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
Companion Hospice
Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association
El Camino Hospital
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium
Gentiva Hospice
HealthCare Partners
Hospice By The Bay
Hospice Foundation of America
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Hospice of the Valley, San Jose
Hospice Touch, Culver City
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
Light and Salt Association, Texas
Methodist Hospital
Mission Hospice
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
New Hope Chinese Cancer Care Foundation
Nurses Plus Hospice
On Lok Lifeways
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Roze Room Hospice
Sanctuary Hospice
San Francisco General Hospital Palliative Care
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Season Hospice & Palliative Care
Self Help for the Elderly
St. Mary's Medical Center
Stanford Geriatric Education Center
Stanford Hospital Palliative Care
Tzu Chi Foundation Northwest Region
University of California, San Francisco
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
Zen Hospice Project

The Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care, the only coalition in the nation devoted to end-of-life concerns in the Chinese community, is an active working coalition of 48 Partner Agencies and over 1,300 individual members.

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