7th Annual Advances in Palliative Care Conference

For Nonprofit Hospice & Palliative Care Professionals

“Inspiration, Innovation & Improvement”

Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Location: The CIA at Copia, 500 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559

7:15 a.m. Registration and 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Conference

Contact: apcc@collabriacare.org or 707.258.9080




As the need for expert palliative services expands exponentially in acute care and community settings, the call goes out for additional tools and resources with which to improve quality outcomes. This regional ‘boutique’ conference is designed for the clinician in the trenches and brings together professionals with the common goal of identifying and supporting best practice in palliative care.


Presented by Collabria Care & Partnership HealthPlan of California

Sponsored by St. Joseph Health


Population Health and Palliative Care: A Natural and Synergistic Partnership

Christine Ritchie, MD, UCSF

Communication & Coaching in Palliative Care
Wendy Anderson, MD, UCSF

Beyond Code Status: Palliative Care Begins in the Emergency Department
David Wang, MD, Scripps Health

“It takes a Village: Caring for Veterans with Advanced Dementia (and their Caregivers)”
Eric Widera, MD, UCSF, SFVAMC

Marking Mortality Moments
Herbert Anderson, PhD

The Wisdom of El Buen Morir (Dying Well)
Silvia Austerlic, MA

Medical Cannabis: Patient Education for Safe & Effective Use
Mariavittoria Mangini PhD FNP-BC



1. Examine the synergism of community based palliative care and the population health model
2. Discuss challenges of prognosticating and assessing palliative needs of patients with dementia
3. Describe uses of cannabis for symptom management in seriously ill patients
4. Share the inspiration and spiritual dimensions of living fully when death is near
5. Consider cultural dynamics regarding illness, death, and dying in the Latino community
6. Explore scenarios in which the clinician-coach can improve communication and support of patient and family
7. Identify palliative care opportunities and challenges unique to starting the conversation in the ED



The Advances in Palliative Care conference is designed for all healthcare professionals including:

Social workers
Chaplains and faith leaders

Nursing CE – Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #PCE 12302, for 6 contact hours/units.

Social work CE – Full attendance meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Physician CME* – Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Full attendance, in its entirety, is required at all educational sessions in order to receive professional continuing education credits (CMEs/CEs). Continuing education is provided for a full-day attendance. Partial day credit is not available. All attendees must sign in with their professional license numbers the morning of registration. In order to receive credit, participants must complete an online survey within 30 days following the conference in order to receive a CME/CE certificate. Continuing education certificates will be sent via email within 4-6 weeks. Certificates of attendance will be available.

Note: a 50-min minimum of uninterrupted time is required to qualify for one hour of CME/CE credit. Continuing education excludes lunch and break periods.


Online Registration ends – Friday, Oct 19

EARLY BIRD:  $170  deadline Sept 15
REGULAR: $220 deadline Oct 19
LATE:  $270 October 20-22, depending on availability 

Conference Venue
CIA at Copia 500 First St, Napa, CA  94559
Registration will be adjacent to lobby – conference will be held in the theater

Cancellations and Substitutions
Registration substitutions are allowed and encouraged. If you must cancel your registration, send written cancellation requests via fax to (707)258-9096 or via email to apcc@collabriacare.org. Cancellations received prior to October 19, 2018 are subject to a $30 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received on or after the October 19 deadline.

Special Needs
To address a grievance or request special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, email apcc@collabriacare.org or call (707)258-9080.

Hotel Accomodations – SpringHill Suites Napa Valley
Address – 101 Gateway E, Napa, CA  94558

A small block of rooms has been reserved with a group rate of $159 per night for a king suite – available until Saturday, Sept 29. Reservation link for online reservations:

Book your group rate for Partnership HealthPlan of CA

Guests may also make reservations by phone with Marriott Reservations at 1-888-236-2427 or by calling the hotel directly at 707-253-1900 and mentioning the Partnership HealthPlan Group Block.

Room Reservations can be made online by going to www.springhillsuitesnapavalley.com and using the group booking code: PHCPHCY = King Suite.

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