AURORA, Colo. – Carey Candrian, PhD, assistant professor of
medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been selected by
the Cambia Health Foundation to participate in the Sojourns Scholar Leadership
program identifies, cultivates, and advances the next generation of palliative
care leaders and Candrian is one of 12 selected for this year’s program.
scholar receives a two-year, $180,000 grant ($90,000 per year during a two-year
period) to conduct an innovative and impactful project tied to a leadership
development plan that positions the scholar for growth as a national leader.
Scholars also receive one-to-one mentoring from an established palliative care
leader and targeted training on key leadership skills.
those named scholars are faculty members at Johns Hopkins University, the
University of California San Francisco, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and
Children’s National Health System.
are excited to support the development of these emerging leaders and enhance
their expertise so that they can influence health care system change,” said
Peggy Maguire, president and board chair, Cambia Health Foundation.
“These palliative care professionals demonstrate that care is better when we
focus on what matters to people instead of what’s the matter with them.
We hope their leadership will influence compassionate, person-focused care
throughout the system.”
project is focused on communications guidelines to improve the quality of
hospice admission interactions. Her research will include a special focus on
the LGBT population, which has been identified as an at-risk population.
vision is focused on innovative ways to impact the way information about end of
life care options is shared and delivered to patients and those who care for
them via communication interventions,” Candrian said. “I am dedicated to a
career in the field of palliative care focusing on effecting and leading change
on a communication and policy level so that LGBT individuals can access high
quality hospice and palliative care that aligns with their needs. Through the
support of this award, I will be able to develop leadership skills in policy,
ethics, and advocacy in order to ensure that the needs of LGBT individuals are
understood and met as they transition to end of life care.”
learn more about the individual scholars, please visit the Sojourns Scholar page on the Cambia Health
Cambia Health Foundation launched the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program in
2014 with the goal of advancing capacity, leadership and innovation in the
field of palliative care. The Foundation’s purposeful investment in palliative
care leadership supports a larger vision of a transformed health care system
that is more compassionate and person-focused. Since the program started,
Cambia has awarded more than $9 million to 52 scholars around the country, each
focused on different areas of palliative care, but all committed
to improving the experience of people facing serious illness and their