• Heart to Heart Cafés Popping up Everywhere - To Date over 40 Cafés Held
  • Participants Say Heart to Heart Cards Enhance EOL Communication
  • Preparations for CACCC’s 10th Anniversary Event Well Under Way
CACCC Book Event
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CACCC Support Groups for Hospice Volunteers
The CACCC has formed volunteer support groups to provide ongoing assistance to CACCC-trained volunteers serving in hospice and palliative care settings in Northern and Southern California. Each support group meets quarterly for three hours to share experiences. Meeting space and additional training from partner agency staff will be provided by local agencies. Cindy Wang and Alice Hwaun coordinate the Bay Area group; Tina Byrne coordinates the Sacramento group, and Sue Lo and Michelle Lin coordinate the Southern California group.

Volunteer Support Newsletter
In addition to the volunteer support groups, the CACCC is publishing a southern edition and a northern edition of Heart to Heart, a newsletter devoted to volunteer news and issues.
CACCC Celebrates 10 Years of Achievement This Year
Anniversary Events to be announced soon.
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CACCC's 4th Chinese Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer Training Set for December

20-30 volunteers will be accepted for the 30-hour training for Chinese-speaking hospice and palliative care volunteers. Applications will be available once the dates and location are set.

The training includes history of hospice and palliative care, pain & symptom management, Advance health Care Directive and POLST, grief and loss and complementary care. The goal is to prepare these bilingual volunteers to provide linguistically and culturally sensitive care to Chinese American patients in hospice or palliative care settings.

We are looking for agency partners for this event and are actively seeking grants and donations. Here’s your opportunity to help in a big way.

New York Training

CACCC's 30-hour Volunteer Training was conducted for 45 volunteers in New York City in 2013. The three and one-half day training was sponsored by the American Buddhist Confederation and the China Buddhist Association.

This was the second training conducted in New York by the CACCC. In 2009, the CACCC provided training for health professionals representing the agencies listed below:

Alzheimer’s Association
Beth Israel
Brooklyn College
Center for the Asian Family, Bellevue Hospital
Chelsea Village Program, St. Vincent’s
Continuum Hospice
Doula to Accompany and Comfort
Gouverneur Heath Care Services
Metro Jewish Hospice
Mount Sinai Hospital
New York City Department of Aging
New York Down Town Hospital
New York Hospice
New York University Langone Medical Center
NY University College of Nursing
Parker Jewish Community Health Programs
Pax Christi Hospice
St Vincent’s Hospital
Visiting Nurse Service New York New York City Chapter
VNS Hospice Queens
VNSNY (Choice) Manhattan

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Improving Palliative Care for Chinese Patients

Under a grant from Dignity Health, the CACCC helped Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco improve palliative care for its Chinese patients. Under the grant:

  1. CACCC provided consultation for pre and post palliative care patient needs assessments prepared by St. Francis and developed pre and post surveys for health providers at the hospital on their familiarity with Chinese patient issues.
  2. CACCC provided Health Care training to nurses and ancillary staff based upon knowledge gaps identified through the above survey and on-site observations.
  3. CACCC provided consultation to the Palliative Care Coordinator and palliative care team members through participation in family meetings and working with the Palliative Care Coordinator to assess and advise the care team on culturally appropriate strategies and interventions.
  4. CACCC assessed the availability of internal and external resources for serving Chinese patients and families by interviewing the Palliative Care Coordinator, Interpreters, Case Managers and Social Workers and made recommendations for filling the gaps.
  5. CACCC coordinated with the Palliative Care Team (Volunteer, Spiritual Care, Interpreters, Social Workers, Case Managers, Marketing and Communications) to develop community outreach strategies for recruiting Chinese community members to classes on End of Life Care and Advance Health Care Directive. CACCC provided lay leaders to conduct the classes in Cantonese.

Hospice Foundation of America's First Chinese/English "Journeys" Available
The first-ever English-Chinese issue of Hospice Foundation of America's "Journeys, A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement," is available for purchase from the HFA website (www.hospicefoundation.org). "Doing Everything We Can," authored by CACCC Founder Sandy Chen Stokes and CACCC Senior Consultant Phil Stokes, is designed to help with medical decisions related to caring for a terminally ill family member or friend. In this situation, it is natural for family members to wonder if they are doing the right thing, since it is not always clear what "Doing the Right thing" means. Family members may actually feel guilt, sometimes long after the loved one dies, if there are doubts about whether they have made the "right" choices. This issue offers a way to avoid that guilt.
Booklet, DVD Available
A new revised Advance Health Care Directive and Hospice DVD and Booklet (containing both the Easy Form and the Standard Form, the California POLST form and updated community resources information), funded by the Amitabha Buddhist Society of USA, is now being distributed by ABS and the CACCC. The revised DVD and Booklet can be obtained from either the Society or the CACCC. Over 10,000 copies of the first edition were distributed by the society. Many thanks to the Amitabha Buddhist Society of USA Board, President, and Celia Chen, and the rest of the Project Committee for all their hard work.
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Graduates are wearing the new CACCC volunteer tee-shirt

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Director Debbie Juan & Camera Crew

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AARP 2011 Honorees

Inspire Award

Maya Angelou
Joy Behar
Eve Behar Scotti

Sandy Chen Stokes
Tony Danza
Helene Gayle, M.D.
Pedro Jose Greer, M.D.
Lisa Niemi Swayze
Elizabeth Warren
Henry Winkler
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Project Director Celia Chen and Sandy

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Sandy Doing the HFA Video

Video on End of Life Available on this Site
Loving Life, Understanding Hospice, the 45 minute video the CACCC completed for the Hospice Foundation of America is available on this website. The webcast is a comprehensive overview of end-of-life options and considerations for Chinese speaking communities in the United States. The video includes eligibility for hospice care, what is provided under hospice care, who qualifies for hospice care, interpretation services, the Medicare/Medicaid benefit and private insurance. The film highlights the roles of family members, volunteer caregivers, health providers, and other members of the hospice team. Interested agencies can contact CACCC to get a link to the video. The video is part of an education and outreach project of HFA, funded through a grant from the Center for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS).
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Hospice & Palliative Care Training
at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco
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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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