Palliative Care Strategic Planning

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning

Technical Expertise: Aging, Community Health Coalitions, Integrated Care Models, State and Local Public Health


Palliative care as a specialized form of medical care for people with serious and chronic medical conditions has seen exponential growth. In order to increase the awareness and education of timely palliative care in cancer care and other chronic diseases, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Network (MCCPCN) formed a Palliative Care Workgroup made up of partners from home health care, skilled nursing, pediatric palliative care, research and hospice.

JSI will offer capacity-building and technical assistance support to the three regional palliative care work groups to strengthen care networks by engaging their stakeholders in identifying community needs and assets and developing community partnerships that increase access to quality palliative care.