Cambia Health Foundation Announces 12 New Sojourns® Scholars

Emerging palliative care leaders expected to transform the experience of people and families facing serious illness

The Cambia Health Foundation has announced the selection of 12 new emerging palliative care leaders for its Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. In its fifth year, this program identifies, cultivates and advances the next generation of palliative care leaders.
The latest cohort was chosen following a rigorous selection process from a highly competitive pool of candidates that included all members of the interdisciplinary team and health systems professionals working to advance palliative care.
Each Sojourns Scholar receives a two-year, $180,000 grant ($90,000/year over 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 in the field of palliative care. Scholars also join a collaborative learning community where they receive one-to-one mentoring from an established palliative care leader and targeted training on key leadership skills.  
“We 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.”

Listed below are the 2018 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Grant Recipients:
Name Institution Innovative Project
Carey Candrian, PhD University of Colorado School Medicine Communication guidelines to improve the quality of hospice admission interactions
Abby R. Rosenberg, MD, MS, MA, FAAP University of Washington, Seattle Children\'s Hospital Promoting Resilience in Adolescents and Young Adults with Serious Illness
Rebecca Wright, PhD, BSc (Hons), RN Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing The emergency department- A safety net model for palliative care
Stephen H. Berns, MD Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont
Tele coaching Palliative Care Communication Skills for Rural Clinicians
Allison Kestenbaum, MA, MPA, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator
University of California San Diego Palliative Care Specialty Spiritual Care Education
Jennie W. Kung, MBA University of California  Los Angeles Health Advance Care Planning (ACP): Building the Foundation for Comprehensive Delivery of Personalized Medicine
Bridget Sumser, MSW University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Palliative Care Education for Social Workers (PCE-SW)
Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai The Role of Implicit Bias on Outcomes of Minority Patients with Advanced Cancer
Charlotta Lindvall, MD, PhD Dana Farber Cancer Institute Deep Learning in Palliative care (DeepLeaP) Collaborative
Deborah Fisher, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, CHPPN Children\'s National Health System Preparing the adult community based palliative care (CBPC) provider to care for the pediatric patient
Elizabeth Anderson, DSW, LCSW Western Carolina University Best practices to engage rural families and caregivers in the palliative care needs of patients with kidney disease
Joanna Paladino, MD Ariadne Labs Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: A Survey to Measure Palliative and End-of-Life Care Culture
To learn more about the individual scholars, please visit the Sojourns Scholar page on the Cambia Health Foundation website.
The 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 expereience of people facing serious illness and their caregivers. 

For Cambia Health Foundation                         
Mary Frances Baldes, Brand Communications Manager 
About Cambia Health Foundation 
Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to making health care more person-focused and economically sustainable. Founded in 2007, the foundation has funded over $60 million in grants to advance patient- and family-centered care for all. Cambia Health Foundation strategically invests in philanthropy to change the way people experience health care from birth to natural completion of life.  Learn more at, and follow us on Twitter: @CambiaHealthFdn.