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Field Leaders Commit to Progress at C-TAC National Summit

Last week, the 2021 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care convened leaders from across our field to address the most pressing opportunities for progress in care for those with serious illness. Throughout the two-day experience, influential changemakers committed their organizations to bold action in support of C-TAC’s moonshot goal to improve the quality of life for those facing serious illness. The commitments made at this year’s summit carry positive implications for advancing health equity and improving care quality. The breadth of roles played by the organizations participating in this year’s summit created space for commitments ranging from workforce enhancement to care integration. Keep reading to see the striking commitments made at this year’s summit.

Care Delivery and Quality  

American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM)

Eliza “Pippa” Shulman, DO, MPH, Board Member, Chief Medical Officer of Medically Home, shared the commitment of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) to culturally competent care. AAHCM has committed to improving the care of diverse populations through the support of their board of directors and members.

Archstone Foundation 

President and CEO of the Archstone Foundation, Christopher Langston, shared Archstone’s new vision and strategic direction. The new direction is focused on integrating health care and social services through three new strategic areas, the three t’s – teams, training, and technology– and the relationship among them. 

Healwell and MedStar

Healwell discussed their commitment with MedStar’s Palliative care program known as the PATCH program. The commitment is central to C-TAC’s core principles around integrating community based services into palliative care.  

Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI)

Julie Sacks, President and Chief Operating Officer, Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI), made a commitment to deeper integration of home based primary care with hospice and palliative care providers aligned with C-TAC’s moonshot goal. HCCI is committing to working with 40% more hospice and palliative care organizations in 2022. This discussion is sponsored by the Home Centered Care Institute. 

Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Health System is committed to ensuring goal-concordant care for every patient with serious illness, regardless of their race, background, or goals of care. The organization has recently launched a multi-tiered educational program that engages all members of the medical staff and is designed to enhance serious illness communication skills. The effectiveness of these interventions will be carefully studied for the benefit of other organizations and the scientific community. 

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

CAPC’s goal is to equip the health care workforce with the skills needed to strengthen their care of patients with serious illness. In the past year, the number of clinicians using CAPC courses has grown by 25% – and tens of thousands more used CAPC’s clinical guidance to relieve patient suffering during COVID-19. CAPC is also committed to addressing racial disparities among patients with serious illness. Their strategy is twofold – to develop programmatic technical assistance to support palliative care teams and health care organizations to address inequity, and to train clinicians to provide culturally responsive, unbiased care. To read more about CAPC’s Project Equity, click here. 

Compassus 

Compassus was thrilled to make a commitment at the C-TAC 2021 Summit to expand their care delivery model to include disease specific care pathways through training to over 7,000 employees and reaching more than 150,000 patients and their families in 30 states by 2023. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Deal, also articulated how this commitment aligned with C-TAC’s core principles and the importance of C-TAC members making commitments to the greater field-wide effort to transform serious illness care.

Catholic Community Services

During the summit Elder Angela Overton, Senior Advisor to the Interfaith Workgroup at C-TAC, led a conversation on integrating advance care planning conversations into interfaith communities with Patsy Klein, M.Ed, Program Coordinator for Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona. The organization has committed to integrating ACP conversations into their work and Patsy shared her perspectives with Angela on how the implementation process in Southern Arizona faith communities is going. This commitment was sponsored by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation.

Votive Health

Votive Health is committed to ending suffering by facilitating better payer-provider integration through value-based arrangements. We are committed to the redesign of the ACT Index with benchmarks that focus on the patient and caregiver experience, measures that help hold the system accountable to the needs of those we serve, and we support C-TAC in its policy agenda while advocating for the right quality measures across the country.

Health Equity

Cambia Health Foundation 

The Cambia Health Foundation is committed to collaborating with others to ensure that every person with serious illness in the United States who could benefit from palliative care knows what it is and how to ask for it. Through partnerships in the Oregon Coalition For Living Well With Serious Illness and their co-founded Message Lab grant with John A. Hartford Foundation, Cambia is committed to improve understanding and awareness of palliative care. 

American Heart Association

Rhonda Ford Chatmon, Vice President for Health Strategies for American Heart Association shared AHA’s commitment at the Summit with Dr. Athol W. Morgan, MD, MHS, Medical Director, Cardiology at Grace Medical Center and Dr. Anoop Raman, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of AbsoluteCARE Medical Center & Pharmacy on the delivery of care to the underserved population in Baltimore, MD initially funded by Bristol Meyers Squibb Foundation. This commitment to health equity has increased access and aligned with C-TAC’s core principles around equity in serious illness.  

Ralph C. Wilson Jr Foundation

Alexandra Drane, co-founder and CEO of Archangels and C-TAC Board Member explores the impact that the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation grant and commitment has had on enhancing support for caregivers in New York State with Greg Olsen, Director of the New York State Office for Aging and Rebecca Preve, Executive Director of New York’s Association on Aging. Ralph C. Wilson Jr’s commitment to supporting caregivers is a critical component of C-TAC’s policy agenda and strategic plan.

Koda Health and Heart Tones

Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson, Founder, Heart Tones and Dr. Tatiana Fofanova, Co-Founder, CEO, Koda Health are excited to announce the formal partnership between Heart Tones and Koda Health. This partnership is rooted in a deep commitment from both organizations to equity and access for advance care planning conversations and health literacy. Koda Health is committed to supporting Dr. Anderson’s efforts in the African-American faith leader community and looks forward to integrating Koda’s platform within churches soon.


The bold commitments made at this year’s summit reflect this unprecedented window of opportunity for progress. We are making strides to create lasting change for people living with serious illness. To learn how, visit our policy webpage or view our care model principles. This year’s summit content is available on-demand until January 31, 2022. 

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