Collaboration with the Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Solomon Center has launched a first-of-its kind collaboration on palliative care policy with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City. The new partnership involves developing a unique state palliative care policy database to educate practitioners and families about where their state stands regarding the provision of palliative care while also offering an essential tool for policymakers seeking to address significant gaps in palliative care treatment and access. To launch the collaboration, in February 2020, the Center hosted a standing room-only event with Dr. Diane Meier — a pioneer in the field of palliative care and the Director of CAPC. Dr. Meier discussed the cutting-edge ways in which certain states are expanding access to palliative care, while also identifying critical areas for reform.

Palliative Care Medical-Legal Partnership

The Solomon Center also coordinates a Palliative Care Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) to provide civil legal services to palliative care and cancer patients at the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). Students provide services within the health clinic setting, working closely with the social work team at Smilow to identify patients nearing the end of their life who need assistance to get their affairs in order. Under the supervision of Rebecca Iannantuoni, a partner at Day Pitney LLP, a Connecticut law firm that handles estate-planning matters,  students conduct intake interviews with clients and draft desired documents, such as wills, power-of-attorney agreements, and advanced health care directives, and they also work on real-estate transactions and guardianship issues.

For more on our Medical Legal Partnership program, see here.

Palliative Care GPS Working Group

The Solomon Center GPS Working Group is a new multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on novel palliative care policy initiatives. The Working Group brings together scholars and practitioners from a variety of institutions and supports a wide range of research and writing: from cutting-edge studies on palliative care to work that will translate findings into targeted policy recommendations. The projects of the Working Group may take the form of white papers, model legislation, or other interventions promoting quality and access to care.

Founding Palliative Care GPS Team Members:

  • Shelli Feder, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, ACHPN: Assistant Professor in Nursing, Yale School of Nursing
  • Abbe R. Gluck, JD: Facultly Director and Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Professor of Internal Medicine, Yale Medical School
  • Karen Jubanyik, MD: Associative Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
  • Nina Kohn, JD: Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law; Distinguished Scholar in Elder Law, Yale Law School
  • Suzanne Marmo-Roman, PhD: Assistant Professor of Social Work, Sacred Heart University
  • Dena Shulman-Green, PhD: Associate Professor, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing