Cambia health foundation announces 10 new sojourns scholars to advance palliative care
Elite group of physicians and nurses demonstrate strong leadership potential
and commitment to expanding palliative care
Cambia Health Foundation
has announced the acceptance of 10 new physicians and nurses into the
Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program
, the Foundation’s signature program to develop emerging palliative
care leaders. With this new cohort, Cambia has now committed $7.2 million
to cultivate 40 Sojourns Scholars from across the country who are working
to advance palliative care.
The Sojourns Scholar program addresses a critical workforce development
need and supports access to palliative care services. According to a 2016
report in the
Journal of Palliative Medicine
, “One-third of U.S. hospitals report no palliative care services
of any kind, and access to palliative care in community settings (home,
nursing home, assisted living) is limited for people who are not hospice-eligible.
As a result, most people with serious illness are unlikely to receive
the care they need throughout their course of illness.” Addressing
these issues requires leadership, and by creating the Sojourns program,
the Foundation has taken an active role in shaping the future.
The Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program is an initiative designed to identify,
cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders.
The new cohort was chosen following a rigorous selection process centered
on their commitment to advancing the field of palliative care. Each scholar
receives a two-year, $180,000 grant to support research, clinical, educational
or policy projects. Scholars also receive one-to-one mentoring support
and leadership training.