Nancy Zionts Joins Panel Discussion on Palliative Care Policy Opportunities

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Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) Chief Operating Officer and Chief Program Officer Nancy Zionts, MBA, joined a panel discussion on Policy Opportunities to Advance Palliative Care during the fourth annual Palliative Research Center (PaRC) annual retreat on October 13 at the University Club in Oakland.

Participants included palliative care researchers as well as medical students and post-doctoral fellows. Zionts emphasized JHF's long-standing commitment to pursuing change at the policy level and shared the baseball metaphor of how JHF defines success in effecting change, with policy change considered a "grand slam."

She stressed that it is difficult to roll back bad policy once it has been created, so investing in policy work informed by expert guidance and research is critical. She invited participants to get involved in the Coalition for Quality at the End of Life, by contacting JHF Senior Communications and Program Specialist Lisa George, MPH, CHES, and promoted the Salk Health Activist Fellowship as an avenue for developing advocacy skills.

PaRC is a multidisciplinary collaborative of palliative care researchers founded by Robert Arnold, MD, through the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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