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Advance care planning, Palliative care services, Provider training


There is growing awareness nationwide about the importance of care during serious illness and at endof-life.2 The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report, Dying in America, released in 2014, recommends a person-centered, family-oriented approach that honors individual preferences and promotes quality of life. The IOM Report emphasizes that implementing this vision is a matter of national priority and urgency.

In Whatcom County, there is a rising tide of initiatives, interest, and excitement about the idea of creating a community of excellence for people with serious illness. Whatcom County has supported a successful Hospice and inpatient palliative care service for a number of years, and we enjoy a community-wide culture of collaboration that has spawned a university-based institute for palliative care.

The NWLP Coalition Task Force was established in 2014 and developed a blueprint that articulates a coherent vision and a plan for collaborative community action toward achieving community excellence for end-of-life care. The original Task Force produced five White Papers that helped inform the original Blueprint. Posted on the WAHA website, the papers cover the following topics: Advance Care Planning; Palliative Care; Community Culture; Provider Training; and Financing the Future. The 2014 Blueprint provided brief background statements for each of these topics, along with keys to excellence, community assets, and recommended steps toward realizing the Blueprint vision.

Two years into implementation, the NWLP Coalition is issuing this revised blueprint. Under an expanded title that invites community excellence in “serious illness care” as well as end-of-life care, the Coalition is re-affirming the original vision, and revising the Blueprint with new recommendations that reflect projects completed and lessons learned as well as a set of aspirational community measures.

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Palliative treatment--Washington (State)--Whatcom County; Terminal care--Washington (State)--Whatcom County

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Whatcom County (Wash.)






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