Cambia Health Foundation, based in Oregon, has named the 10 recipients of a two-year, $180,000 grant through its annual Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. The $1.8 million program promotes palliative care workforce development by funding research, clinical, educational or policy projects to improve care for patients of all ages facing serious illnesses. It also provides mentorships to broaden each recipient's learning and leadership development opportunities in this field.
In the Pacific Northwest, the recipients are:
- Seiko Izumi, RN, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, enhancing nursing role and competency in advance care planning
- Daniel Lam, MD, University of Washington, integrate palliative care into routine care delivery across an entire dialysis provider system at Northwest Kidney Centers
“Our first class of Sojourns Scholars in 2014 gave us confidence that the future of palliative care is in good hands,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair of Cambia Health Foundation. “Our excitement continues with this second cohort, given the remarkably talented group of individuals receiving the grant this year. Palliative care has gained traction as a vitally important practice area that could touch the lives of every one of us, either as patients or as caregivers.”
Millions of Americans are diagnosed with serious and chronic illness. They, their families and caregivers could benefit from palliative care, but the need outpaces awareness and availability. Nearly two-thirds of Americans have had a personal or family experience with palliative care, end-of-life care, or hospice care; however, only half of those respondents say they were prepared for the experience. Cambia Health Foundation’s work to develop palliative care leaders and workforce helps create the awareness and access to this specialty care.
”These grants are career-changing opportunities for exceptional physicians and nurses who are future leaders in palliative care,” said Dr. Anthony Back, co-director of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. “The Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program is creating the next generation of leaders who will shape innovations, policies, and systems to improve the quality of care for individuals living with serious illness and their families.”
The Sojourns Scholars will gather in Portland to be officially recognized at the 2015 Sojourns Awards and Palliative Care Summit on Oct. 29, 2015.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Cambia Health Foundation awards grants in three program areas: palliative and end-of-life care through the Foundation’s signature program, Sojourns; Transforming Health Care; and Children’s Health. Since its inception in 2007, the Foundation has funded more than $25 million in grants to support these causes.