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‘Tis the season of strategic planning!

Mar 18, 2022

We’ve been hinting at it for a while now. And we’re excited the time is finally here: we’re doing strategic planning. The Coalition will be six years old this May and now has more than 125 Massachusetts-based member organizations. As ever, we’re all committed to ensuring that everyone gets health care that supports what matters most, especially in the face of serious illness. But a lot has changed. We’ve learned new things, expanded our relationships, asked new questions, and looked for new ways to increase our impact. There will be multiple ways to engage with us in the work, so stay tuned as we go on this journey.

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Train-the-Trainer: ELNEC Core Curriculum - May 24 & 25, 2022

Mar 10, 2022

Calling all nursing faculty to register for our Train-the-Trainer session about the ELNEC Core Curriculum on May 24 and 25, 2022. Learn how to effectively teach primary palliative nursing skills to manage individuals with serious illness using the ELNEC curriculum.

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Author Interview: Making Their Days Happen by Dr. Lisa Iezzoni

Feb 28, 2022

Coalition working group member Dr. Lisa Iezzoni has a new book out called, “Making Their Days Happen.” Today, about 17 million Americans who live in their homes need assistance with daily activities because of disability. Lisa’s book is a deeply thoughtful elevation of voices often missing from our health care and policy discussions – the voices of paid personal assistance services workers and the consumers they support. Here’s our interview with Lisa!

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Almost 1 in 2 of us are caring for a loved one

Jan 19, 2022

Shovel snow for a loved one? Manage finances? Help with meds? That’s care, and any care counts. Almost 1 in 2 of us are caring for a loved one. It’s a 24/7 role – one that impacts us in every aspect of our lives – and the need for support has never been higher.

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Hey all. So it was, well, ANOTHER year.

Dec 21, 2021

Hey all. So it was, well, ANOTHER year. Of surges and quarantines. Of losses and learnings. Very thankful for all of you and sending all of you my warmest, squishiest hopes for a winter break. -- Anna

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UMass Memorial Health's Medicine Grand Rounds

Dec 10, 2021

Thanks to the generosity of Coalition member UMass Memorial Health, you're invited to attend a special medicine grand rounds featuring the documentary film, "Caregiver: A Love Story." This film portrays the joys and challenges of caring for a person with end-stage illness with home hospice, and will be followed by discussion with the filmmaker, Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, a critical care physician and author.

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Train-the-Trainer: ELNEC Core Curriculum

Dec 08, 2021

Calling all nursing faculty to register for our Train-the-Trainer session about the ELNEC Core Curriculum on January 12 and 13, 2022. Learn how to effectively teach primary palliative nursing skills to manage individuals with serious illness using the ELNEC curriculum.

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Unveiling our expanded research report

Nov 09, 2021

Today we published an expanded research report, with more detailed data on several of the findings presented at the Summit. A huge, enormous thank you to the sponsors, collaborators and community partners who were integral to this project. We are grateful for your time, faith and support.

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News from the Nursing School Taskforce, Medical Schools' Collaborative and the Public Policy Working Group

Nov 04, 2021

Join faculty from the Coalition's Nursing Schools Taskforce for a conversation about serious illness care in nursing education. We did a curriculum survey and are developing follow-up plans and collaborations. Learn more and share your ideas about how we can ensure all nurses gradate with serious illness care and communication skills.

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Goals-of-Care Conversations a Priority for Seriously Ill Patients

Oct 25, 2021

Recent research from the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care found that collaborative communication between clinicians and patients is key to improving health equity among seriously and terminally ill populations.

Of nearly 2,500 people surveyed nationwide during the course of last year, 87% indicated that it was important for their physicians to know their priorities. The research was part of a multi-phase project designed to drive improvements in communication and care for people and families facing serious illnesses.

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