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Palliative Care Summer Institute
July 9-11, 2014
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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.