grant aids underserved groups
Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded the UC Davis Health System a
$447,434 grant to improve end-of-life care for cancer patients enrolled
in clinical trials, for residents of rural counties and for women
J. Meyers, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and director
of the West Coast Center for Palliative Education and medical director
of the hospice program at UC Davis Medical Center, is principal
investigator of the three-year grant.
portion of the grant is devoted to developing a unique program that
will allow cancer patients who choose to participate in clinical
trials to also receive palliative care. Participating in clinical
trials while receiving hospice care is usually prohibited by federal
part of the grant will fund outreach programs to health care practitioners
in Colusa, Plumas, and Tuolumne counties to provide improved end-of-life
care to people in the most isolated areas of these rural counties.
the state correctional system, physicians will be trained in supportive
care, and a hospice unit will be developed for women inmates diagnosed
with life-threatening diseases. The West Coast Center for Palliative
Education has already established a training program for the medical
and custodial staff and inmate volunteers at the California Medical
Facility at Vacaville. It is currently the only prison hospice in
three projects share the common theme of targeting populations which
lack access to palliative or hospice care.
grant program will draw upon a variety of health system resources,
including telemedicine, cancer clinical trials, nursing, and rural
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hospice administrative team at UC Davis Medical Center includes,
from left, Sheila Enders, Dr. Frederick Meyers, John Linder, and
(seated from left) Sharon Melberg and Joan Blais.