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Palliative Care for Community Health Workers

A limited number of scholarships are available, with priority given to residents of Jefferson, Crook, Grant, Wheeler and Harney counties. For more information, please contact Erin Collins, The Peaceful Presence Project Program Director.

This palliative care continuing education course provides a skillset and knowledge base that can improve the quality of life for patients with serious illness.

This online course is an essential introduction to palliative care and hospice education, and it can serve as a stepping stone to further learning in end-of-life care.

Palliative Care Course Overview

This online course is designed to provide a continuing education / professional development opportunity for Community Health Workers (CHWs) who have completed entry-level CHW training.

It addresses care of the individual and family living with serious illness or nearing the end of life.

This palliative care training course will introduce the end-of-life doula model of care and core principles/domains of palliative care and explore various skills the Community Health Worker can incorporate into their work.

Important Dates

  • January 12th Class starts

  •  January 19th, 1st mandatory live remote class (12-1pm PST via Zoom)

  • January 26th, 2nd mandatory live remote class (12-1pm PST via Zoom)

  • February 2nd, 3rd mandatory live remote class (12-1pm PST via Zoom)

  • February 9th, 4th mandatory live remote class (12-1pm PST via Zoom)

  • February 9th Class ends

End-of-Life Education and Care

By the end of this CHW continuing education course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of palliative care, hospice and advance care planning discussions to patients with serious illness and their families.
  2. Facilitate self-management of common symptoms to relieve suffering for individuals living with serious illness and through the end of life.
  3. List three indicators of caregiver burnout and isolation.
  4. Describe how active listening offers compassionate presence to patients and families.
  5. Understand how a person’s culture and/or spirituality influences serious illness, dying and grief.
January 8 - February 12, 2024
12 hours
price (2)
Additional Information: Continuing Education Units - Oregon Health Authority: 12

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Oralia Mendez

Oralia Mendez holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health with a concentration in health management and policy from Oregon State University. She has worked professionally in the health field since 2014 as a Community Health Worker in Benton County. She currently serves as the CHW Training Coordinator and Instructor in the College of Health at Oregon State University, where she oversees the Community Health Worker Training Program.

Erin Collins
Erin is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse with 16 years of nursing experience in hospice and adult and pediatric oncology. As a Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar, she developed this course to advocate for broadening the scope of practice of the Community Health Worker. Erin is trained as an End-of-Life Doula and a CHW. She holds a masters degree in nursing education and is a trainer with the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC). Erin is the Vice-Chair of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s End-of-Life Doula Advisory Council, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

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