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.”
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.
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.
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.