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CACCC Respite Volunteer Training

2011 Projects
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Hospice Foundation of America Webcast : Understanding Hospice

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As part of a contract with the Hospice Foundation of America, the CACCC has created a webcast for Chinese Americans about hospice care in the U.S. The film features multiple perspectives, from families and elders in the Chinese community to doctors, chaplains, nurses, social workers, therapists, and volunteers. The Webcast is available free of charge from the HFA website ( and from our website. If your agency would like to link to this webcast, see the HFA Project page on this site. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Betty Chiang (

California Healthcare Foundation : Chinese Hospice Volunteer Training

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The CACCC completed its first intensive 30-hour hospice and palliative care Chinese volunteer training on January 16. The graduation ceremony at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, where the training was conducted, honored the 34 participants who successfully completed the training. Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. These trained volunteers are being matched with hospice and palliative care agencies that partnered with the CACCC on this project, and some have already begun to serve Chinese patients.

California Healthcare Foundation : Healthcare Provider Training

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The CACCC also conducted a three-hour Healthcare Provider Training for partner agency staff at both the Northern California and Southern training sites. The purpose of the health professional seminars was to help hospice staff better serve Chinese patients.

California Healthcare Foundation : Southern California Training

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California Chinese Hospice Volunteer Training
The CACCC completed the second phase of its Chinese Hospice Volunteer Training at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte on March 31, 2011.

Funded by the California Healthcare Foundation, the pilot program consisted of two 30-hour trainings for Chinese Americans interested in volunteering in hospice and palliative care settings accompanied by two 3-hour trainings for hospice agency staff, one training in Northern California and one in Southern California. Volunteers who completed the training will focus on Mandarin and Cantonese speaking patients and their families, at the 17 partner agencies that participated in the project.

The Northern California part of the project, completed in January, trained 34 volunteers, who are now connecting with hospice agencies to begin serving Chinese patients. Participant evaluations were unanimous in their praise of the quality of the training.

The project was endorsed by the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association. Nursing education contact hours were provided by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).

CACCC Memory book Project

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The CACCC Memory Book Committee has been working for some months on a four-color book for those facing end of life. The Memory Book will contain chapters for "telling your story", for "messages to your loved ones", a place for saying what dying means to you, a place for photographs, a place for instructions on what to do after you die ... and much more.

CACCC Completes Teaching Sheets

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CACCC Translates Fact Sheets
As part of our California Healthcare Foundation grant, the CACCC also translated into Chinese 31 English language Patient/Family Teaching Sheets on end of life issues for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) to increase understanding of and acceptance of hospice and palliative care. In addition, our grant from the Hospice Foundation of America required the CACCC to adapt to Chinese culture and translate into Chinese four 10-point HFA English fact sheets on hospice, the Advance Directive, and other end of life issues. Click here to view the HPNA teaching sheets. The teaching sheets are also available for download here.
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Andrew Lan

The World Journal Honors CACCC for its Work in the Chinese Community
At its 35th Anniversary celebration in San Francisco on February 12th last year, the World Journal honored the CACCC for its service to the Chinese community. Along with a certificate honoring that service, the CACCC was presented with a check for $3500.

In 2010, the CACCC's first end-of-life educational column was published weekly in the World Journal, a national Chinese language newspaper with a circulation exceeding 350,000. World Journal journalist and CACCC volunteer Andrew Lan was in charge of this project. We are so thankful that the World Journal agreed to publish the columns and very honored to receive this recognition.

Tsai Chin Concert Helps CACCC

We were honored to have been part of the Tsai Chin Charity Concert again last year, and we want to thank all those dedicated people who worked so hard to make it a success. We especially want to thank Ms. Tsai Chin herself, the CCMF Board of Directors, and Board Director and Event Chair, Kitty Geiger, for her leadership and perseverance. Of course, we also want to thank all the dedicated volunteers who worked for more than a year to make this event possible.

Concert net proceeds were $412,000 of which the CACCC received $41,200 (10%). The concert was held on April 22 and 23 at Flint Center in Cupertino.
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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