Advance Care Planning (ACP) to Improve Community-based Palliative Care

The UCSF Institute for Health & Aging Presents:

Advance Care Planning (ACP) to Improve Community-based Palliative Care

WHEN: Wednesday March 18th, 2015, 3-5 PM followed by a reception

WHERE: San Francisco, 3333 California St, Laurel Heights Campus, Auditorium


Christine Ritchie

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH

Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

How ACP Fits into Community-Based Palliative Care 

A Board certified geriatrician and palliative care physician with long-standing experience in clinical care delivery and advanced illness research. Dr. Ritchie has overseen the development of a number of comprehensive clinical programs for seriously ill older adults. At UCSF, she is working with other colleagues to facilitate the growth of clinical programs and research that focus on quality of life and health care delivery models for those with chronic serious illness and multimorbidity. She is President-elect of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Rebecca Sudore

Rebecca Sudore, MD

Associate Professor in Residence, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

ACP Goals, Methods, and Tools

Dr Sudore is a clinician-researcher, a Geriatrician and a Hospice and Palliative Care physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her research focuses on the intersection of health literacy, geriatrics, advance care planning, and informed medical decision making. Her current research program is focused on designing and testing interactive, web-based interventions to prepare patients and their surrogate decision makers to make complex medical decisions over the course of serious and chronic illness.


Caroline Stephens

Caroline Stephens RN, PhD, GNP

Assistant Professor, Community Health Systems, UCSF

Long Term Care Perspective on ACP

A Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and Geropsychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, Dr Stephens’ research focuses on vulnerable populations at high risk for poor care transitions, particularly in the long term care setting. She is currently looking at innovative ways we can use emerging health technologies to promote greater interdisciplinary collaborative work processes across care settings and more actively engage nursing home residents, families, and staff, as well as EDs, to reduce unnecessary acute care transfers and promote better care coordination.


This event is open to UCSF, its partner organizations and the broader community.

RSVP by March 1st or by emailing [email protected]