Palliative Care Webinars

The Coalition offers free educational webinars to our members that advance state-of-the-art knowledge in palliative care across the continuum of care and inspire excellence and compassion. Our webinar events draw upon the expertise of many palliative care disciplines to address professional practice gaps and educational deficiencies. 

During the past two years, 4,000 participants have joined these webinars and many more have accessed our library of archived events.  

For information regarding member access to archived versions of our webinars, or if you are not a current SCC Member and have questions about membership, please contact our office at 503-216-5376.

Introducing a new webinar series: Interprofessional Case Presentation

Outpatient and Home Palliative Care: The Land of Challenge and Opportunity

December 7, 2017  1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern




Glen Komatsu, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Providence TrinityCare Hospice and Regional Palliative Care








Andrea Strouth, LCSW

Palliative Care Clinical Social Worker, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center




Learning Objectives:

  • Describe two benefits of having an outpatient/home palliative care program.
  • Describe two challenges of starting an outpatient/home palliative care program.
  • Describe a funding model to support an outpatient/home palliative care program.


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Creating a Palliative Care Team Between a Clinical Social Worker and Physician

November 2, 2017

Judith R. Peres, LCSW-C Supporting Successful Transitions

Judith R. Peres is an Expert Consultant in the Nursing Home and Palliative/End-of-life care policy and a clinical social worker serving Medicare Beneficiaries. Her career spans over four decades in health policy development and analysis and in direct clinical work.

In her capacity as a policy consultant Ms. Peres has worked with the Altarum Institute’s, Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, the Center for Practical Bioethics and the National Institute of Nursing Research.  In addition, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, where she developed a report to Congress on advance care planning. She also served as vice president for policy and advocacy at the former Last Acts Partnership-an initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-where she developed major policy pieces such as Means to A Better End, the first national report on the state of dying in the United States.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) since its inception in 2007.  Ms. Peres has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and post-graduate training at the Mind/Body Institute in Washington, DC and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York. She served on the Institute of Medicine committee that authored the 2014 report Dying in America, and currently represents SWHPN on the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness.

This webinar is designed to help you:

  • Understand existing pain and palliative care assessment tools that help formulate interventions for people living with serious and life-limiting illness. Including Advance Care Planning.
  • Recognize the need for and consider the facilitation of relationships with people’s physicians.
  • Develop an understanding of the various interventions available to help a person develop a process of adjustment to serious and life-limiting illness.

Circle the City Medical Respite Center: Innovative Care Environment for Persons Experiencing Homelessness at End-of-Life

October 3, 2017  



Sister Adele O’Sullivan, CSJ, M.D.

Founder, Chief Medical Officer, Circle the City




Learning Objectives:

  • Describe some unique challenges faced by persons experiencing homelessness at end-of-life, and how health care providers might adapt their practices to address these challenges.
  • Learn about one innovative model of care that was created as a result of a partnership between hospice and homeless health care providers in a large urban community.
  • Consider the practical issues that must be addressed in initiating and sustaining a service like this in a local community. Who might the stakeholders be, and what resources exist to support an effort such as this.

Renewing the Soul of Palliative Care: Bridging the Divide between Miracles and Medicine

August 8, 2017



Denise Hess, MDiv, BCC-HPCC

Executive Director, Supportive Care Coalition




Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the historical relationship between religion and medicine.
  • Understand religiously based requests for escalation of care.
  • Explore use of the “third therapeutic system” with patients and families who hope for a miracle.

Inappropriate Treatment Escalations at End-of-Life in the Context of Healthcare Disparities

July 13, 2017 



Kelly Stuart, MD, MPH, MTS, MSNDR

Vice President of Mission and Ethics Bon Secours Richmond Health System; Mission Leader St. Francis Medical Center



At the end of this educational presentation participants will have an improved understanding of:

  • How historic and current healthcare disparities affect surrogate decision making at EOL.
  • How the medical surrogate’s role in advocating for equity in EOL leads to escalations in technology.
  • How medical practice paradigms, reimbursement and statutory requirements around EOL decision making compound the problem of inappropriate treatment demands.
  • EOL care and advance care planning as specific areas of healthcare disparity.
  • Patient/family communication strategies for aligning healthcare team and medical surrogate’s goals of care.

If You Build It, They Will Come: State of the Art and Science in Pediatric Palliative Care

May 10, 2017



Sarah Friebert, MD, Director, Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH




Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the current landscape of pediatric palliative care (PPC) in the US
  • Describe essential components of a successful, high-quality, integrated transdisciplinary pediatric team for children with life-threatening conditions and their families
  • Discuss 2 emerging national trends in PPC and their implications for care planning & delivery

Ascension Health’s Journey to Advancing Excellence in Palliative Care

April 19, 2017 



Sarah Hetue Hill, PhD, Director, Palliative Care

Ascension Health,  St. Louis, MO




Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Ascension’s system-wide approach to palliative care excellence and successful strategies
  • Discuss their current “Centers” model for expanding palliative care across the care continuum
  • Identify initial learnings from Ascension’s partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and the NIH-funded REDAPS trial (Default Access to Palliative Care Services)

Exploring the Christian Roots of Modern Palliative Care and the Integration of Spirituality in Clinical Practice

March 21, 2017 


Darren M. Henson, PhD, Regional Officer, Mission & Ethics Presence Health,  Chicago, IL



Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate how Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, was influenced by Christianity.
  • Highlight a proper place for spirituality in the practice of palliative care for both patients and clinical practitioners.
  • Identify barriers to greater integration of spirituality and palliative care.

Opioid Based Therapy for Cancer Related Pain:  A Structured Approach to Evaluation and Management

February 16, 2017     

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Shorin Nemeth, DO, FACOI, Regional Medical Director Palliative Care, Oregon Region Providence Health & Services,  Portland, OR


Learning Objectives:

  • Name the different factors that influence pain perception
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid induced hyperalgesia
  • Understand the rationale behind opioid rotation
  • Describe a structured approach to opioid prescribing for malignant pain