About Cambia Health Foundation and the Sojourns Award Program
Palliative care is deeply personal and fundamentally rooted in respect for human life. Palliative care focuses on living, not dying. It is an important catalyst for honoring patient choices and understanding personal definitions of quality, rather than focusing only on clinical aspects of serious illness. Palliative care is about offering care for seriously ill patients and their families, focused on relieving the pain, symptoms and stress of illness. It seeks to allow the best possible quality of life for as long as possible. Palliative care provides an extra layer of support that helps seriously ill patients and their families to engage in difficult conversations while respecting their choices.
Cambia Health Foundation (CHF) works in collaborative and innovative ways to advance palliative care. CHF created the Sojourns Award to honor exemplary leaders and organizations in the field of palliative care whose work improves access to and education about palliative care and creates innovative solutions. Since 2010, the CHF has awarded $700,000 in grants to Sojourns Award winners who are leaders in the care of seriously ill people. The goal of the Sojourns Award is to promote innovations and invest in their future work. The award celebrates individual leaders and organizations in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington, who strive to advance the access, quality and understanding of palliative care locally and nationally. Recipients of Sojourns Award receive a $50,000 grant to advance their work.
Sojourns Award Goals
- To promote and recognize leaders who have an impact on the field through program innovations, clinical practice, patient and family care, policy, research, training education and advocacy.
- To promote innovative models of palliative care with the potential to be replicated and sustained.
- To increase awareness of the importance and need for palliative care among health care providers, patients, caregivers, policy makers and the public.
- To invest in the future work of palliative care leaders and organizations.
Sojourn Award Nomination & Review Process
- To nominate an INDIVIDUAL:
- Visit the individual nomination formhere.
- Fill out thebackground data form for individuals, save it under the name of the nominee and upload to Section 5 attachments in the online nomination.
- To nominate an ORGANIZATION OR PROGRAM:
- Visit the organization/program nomination formhere.
- Fill out thebackground data form for org/program, save it under the name of the nominee and upload to Section 5 attachments in the online nomination.
- All Nominations are due by March 15TH 2013 at midnight.
- All nominations are reviewed by the CHF program staff and outside independent evaluators.
- All nominations are reviewed by two external evaluators.
- Nominations are presented to the CHF Board of Directors for final decisions.
- Award recipients are notified by telephone and a letter.
- All nominees will receive notification of the Board’s decision by August, 2013.
- Award recipients will be honored at the CHF 2013 Sojourns Award Ceremony and Palliative Care Summit.
- If you have questions regarding the process or criteria please contact Maddie Andrews, Program Officer at 503-276-1983, or email@example.com.
Sojourns Award for Individuals, Organizations or Programs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah
The Sojourns Award for Individuals, Organizations or Programs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah honors individuals and organizations that promote palliative care and improve the care of people with serious illness. In order to achieve their goals, they may:
- Provide leadership that motivates and inspires others to make culture change.
- Collaborate and partner with others healthcare organizations, leaders in the field, educational and training programs, and the greater community.
- Address the systematic and cultural barriers that currently exist in delivery palliative care.
- Demonstrate significant impact on people with serious illness and their care partners.
- Develop innovations to address critical care needs and have developed models that can be disseminated and replicated.
- Disseminate results to target audiences including organizational boards, professional and community groups, peer review journals, policy makers, local, state and federal government and the media.
- Nominees must work or operate in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah.
- Self nominations are accepted for organizations or programs but not for individuals.
- The award is targeted to leaders engaged in program innovation, clinical care, training, education, policy, advocacy and research.
- Organizations eligible for the award may be involved culture change though service to patients and families, engage in program innovation, clinical care, training, education, policy, advocacy, and dissemination of results.
- Eligible individuals and organizations must be engaged in palliative care work for at least three years to be eligible.