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Grant to Train Community Volunteers

CU School of Medicine


DENVER, Colo. - The University of Colorado School of Medicine recently received $266,000 in grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation to develop and implement an Advance Care Planning (ACP) Volunteer Training and Certificate Program titled, “Colorado ACP Certification.” 

In partnership with The Denver Hospice, this innovative project seeks to increase the number of Coloradans actively engaged in their health. The two-year program will launch early 2017, engaging the community and certifying volunteers. A key component of this program is to focus on quality communication in addition to proper use of documents. 

National estimates of both the quality and quantity of ACP remain unacceptably low, even among persons with serious illness. Using a longstanding academic-community partnership and infrastructure, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and The Denver Hospice will recruit and train a volunteer workforce to facilitate and promote quality conversations about values.

 “This project, which leverages an enduring collaboration between the University of Colorado School of Medicine and The Denver Hospice, will have significant impact by giving voice to and empowering people to express their personal health care preferences,” said Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH, Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Chief Medical Officer, University of Colorado Hospital.