The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care announced Dec. 1 that they are teaming up to share end-of-life care tips for the Chinese-American community.
The program, titled “Beginning the Conversation with Chinese Americans about End-of-Life Care,” is a free community forum set for Dec. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Cupertino’s Quinlan Community Center, located at 10185 N. Stelling Road near Memorial Park.
The forum is aimed at the Chinese-American community and will be conducted in Mandarin with simultaneous English interpretation, according to event organizers.
Forum topics will include advance care planning for Chinese Americans, cultural differences for end-of-life care, how to use Heart to Heart cards and a panel discussion featuring end-of-life-care stories and experiences.
Community resources set to be on hand for the forum include Hospice of the Valley, On Lok Lifeways, Friendly Care, New Hope Chinese Cancer Care Foundation, Vital Link Medical Alert Systems, California Telephone Access Program, Bayhealth, Inc.,VITAS Healthcare and Golden Heritage.
Formed in 2005, Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care is the first coalition in the nation devoted to Chinese American end-of-life issues. The organization has more than 1,300 individual members and more than 80 organizations.
It was formed to address the lack of linguistically and culturally appropriate end-of-life information and training available to the Chinese community and to healthcare professionals and providers, according to event organizers.
“We are very proud to collaborate with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation to bring this forum on ‘Beginning the Conversation’ to the Chinese-American community,” said Sandy Stokes, founder and board chair of CACCC.
Prospective attendees can reserve a seat at the forum by emailing [email protected] or calling 866.661.5687. Registration closes Dec. 15.