Cambia Health Foundation Announces 12 New Sojourns® Scholars

Emerging palliative care leaders expected to transform the experience of people and families facing serious illness

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Cambia Health Foundation has announced the selection of 12 new emerging palliative care leaders for its Sojourns® Scholar Leadership Program. In its fifth year, this program identifies, cultivates and advances the next generation of palliative care leaders.

The latest cohort was chosen following a rigorous selection process from a highly competitive pool of candidates that included all members of the interdisciplinary team and health systems professionals working to advance palliative care.

Each Sojourns Scholar receives a two-year, $180,000 grant ($90,000/year over a two-year period) to conduct an innovative and impactful project tied to a leadership development plan that positions the scholar for growth as a national leader in the field of palliative care. Scholars also join a collaborative learning community where they receive one-to-one mentoring from an established palliative care leader and targeted training on key leadership skills. 

“We are excited to support the development of these emerging leaders and enhance their expertise so that they can influence health care system change,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair, Cambia Health Foundation.  “These palliative care professionals demonstrate that care is better when we focus on what matters to people instead of what’s the matter with them.  We hope their leadership will influence compassionate, person-focused care throughout the system.”

Listed below are the 2018 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Grant Recipients:

NameInstitutionInnovative Project
Carey Candrian, PhDUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineCommunication guidelines to improve the quality of hospice admission interactions
Abby R. Rosenberg, MD, MS, MA, FAAPUniversity of Washington, Seattle Children's HospitalPromoting Resilience in Adolescents and Young Adults with Serious Illness
Rebecca Wright, PhD, BSc (Hons), RNJohns Hopkins University School of NursingThe emergency department- A safety net model for palliative care
Stephen H/ Berns, MDUniversity of Vermont College of MedicineTelecocaching Palliative Care Communication Skills for Rural Clinicians
Allison Kestenbaum, MA, MPA, BCC, ACPE Certified EducatorUniversity of California San DiegoPalliative Care Specialty Spiritual Care Education
Jennie W. Kung, MBAUniversity of California LA HealthAdvance Care Planning (ACP): Building the Foundation for Comprehensive Delivery of Personalized Medicine
Bridget Sumser, MSWUniversity of California San Francisco Medical CenterPalliative Care Education for Social Workers (PCE-SW)
Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhDIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiThe Role of Implicit Bias on Outcomes of Minority Patients with Advanced Cancer
Charlotta Lindvall, MD, PhDDana Farber Cancer InstituteDeep Learning in Palliative Care (DeepLeaP) 
Deborah Fisher, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, CHPPNChildren's National Health SystemPreparing the adult community based palliative care (CBPC) provider to care for the pediatric patient
Elizabeth Anderson, DSW, LCSWWestern Carolina UniversityBest practices to engage rural families and caregivers in the palliative care needs of patients with kidney disease
Joanna Paladino, MDAriadne LabsCulture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: A Surveyt to Measure Palliative and End-of-Life Care Culture

To learn more about the individual scholars, please visit the Sojourns Scholars Scholar page on the Cambia Health Foundation website. 

The Cambia Health Foundation launched the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program in 2014 with the goal of advancing capacity, leadership and innovation in the field of palliative care. The Foundation’s purposeful investment in palliative care leadership supports a larger vision of a transformed health care system that is more compassionate and person-focused.  Since the program started, Cambia has awarded more than $9 million to 52 scholars around the country, each focused on different areas of palliative care, but all committed to improving the experience of people facing serious illness and their caregivers.


Cambia Health Foundation's 2018 Sojouns Scholars Cohort

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