Palliative Care Initiative

Creating a palliative community where people with serious illnesses don’t have to be cured to heal

Palliative Care
Contact: • (360) 650-3717

Past Events

Summer 2014 - Heal without Cure: A Call to Action

Summer 2014

“Heal without Cure: A Call to Action” the Palliative Care Summer Institute took place on July 9-11, 2014.

The goal of the summer conference was to develop a community action plan for creating a palliative community in Whatcom County. The conference culminated in a larger session, which was open to the community, at Settlemyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College on Friday, July 11.

Winter 2014 - Transforming Difficult Conversations

On Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 the Palliative Care Initiative (PCI) hosted a conference at Bellingham Technical College.

“Transforming Difficult Conversations” was a workshop regarding planning for end-of-life care where participants learned strategies for enhancing communication skills between patients, families and providers to help build a community for those living with serious illness.


Fall 2013 - Heal without Cure

Western Washington University’s RN-to-BSN program partnered with Whatcom health care organizations to sponsor free community events to create a space for honest conversations about dealing with serious illness and death.

The Heal without Cure events took place on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 at YWCA Ballroom in Bellingham and Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at Jansen Art Center in Lynden.

Both events were designed to help broaden the conversation about Palliative Care in Whatcom County.

What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized health care for patients, of any age, with serious illnesses. Palliative care assists with managing difficult symptoms and also creates the space for an open discussion on treatment choices and care planning. The goal in palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families.

What is the Palliative Care Initiative?

The Palliative Care Initiative is a partnership with Western Washington University, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA), Community Organized Group for Health (COGH), Whatcom Family & Community Network, Peace Health Palliative Care, and Peace Health Hospice to transform palliative care in Whatcom community and support the human responses to living and dying. The initiative has been designed to create a Palliative Community by providing a space where people with serious illnesses don’t have to be cured to heal.

Contact for Palliative Care Initiative: or (360) 650-3717

Page Updated 07.18.2014