Supportive Care Coalition
One collective Catholic voice for Palliative Care

Who We Are

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With a unified voice, the Supportive Care Coalition advances palliative care excellence in Catholic health care settings through education, advocacy, mission and ethical integration as well as the promotion of spiritual care in palliative care.

Mission & Ethics

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Since 1994, Coalition members have established, built, and sustained interdisciplinary palliative care programs across the United States as an expression of God’s healing love for all, especially the poor, marginalized, and forgotten.

About Us


Press Release: Announcing Supportive Care Coalition & California State University Institute for Palliative Care Total Learning Collaborative™

The Institute significantly underwrites the cost of the education as a special benefit to SCC members.

View the full catalog of Institute courses here.

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The Total Learning Collaborative drives palliative care growth and key performance metrics by creating a framework in which we work together to:

  1. Identify Goals: The TLC engages Coalition members to identify and articulate organizational goals around palliative care, including patient outcomes, program performance, quality measures, etc.

  2. Curate Courses: The TLC provides members with a custom-curated selection of Institute courses designed to impart the knowledge and skills needed to achieve goals. If needed, custom courses can be co-developed to meet particular needs.

  3. Deliver Education: The TLC delivers rigorous online education via a state-of-the-art, interactive learning platform that maximizes learner engagement and retention.

  4. Measure Results: The TLC enables continuous quality improvement and growth through customizable evaluations of your outcomes.

To learn more, watch the video below.

Palliative care is an expression of the properly human attitude of taking care of one another, especially of those who suffer.
It bears witness that the human person is always precious, even if marked by age and sickness.
— Pope Francis

What is Palliative Care? 


According to the World Health Organization:
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.

According to the Center to Advance Palliative Care: 
Palliative care, and the medical sub-specialty of palliative medicine, is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers and others who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

To cure sometimes,
to relieve often,
and to comfort always…

Our Priorities


Cultivating Professional Resilience

Promoting individual and organizational flourishing


Coalition Members:

Advancing palliative care in 37 US states