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Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council

Seeking Council Members

The Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council has openings for volunteer healthcare professionals to participate in Council’s work. PCAC is interested in hearing from applicants with background in palliative care. Applications will be accepted through December 2017. To learn about the formal application process, please contact

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January 19, 2017 (Agenda) (Minutes)
April 20, 2017 (Meeting Cancelled)
May 11, 2017
(Agenda) (Minutes)

July 20, 2017 (Agenda) (Minutes)


October 19, 2017, 1:00-4:00 pm (Agenda) (Minutes)

  • Clackamas Community College
  • Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210
  • 29353 SW Town Center Loop
  • Wilsonville, Oregon 97070


January 11, 2018 (Room 155) (Agenda)
April 12, 2018 (Room 211)
July 12, 2018 (Room 155)
October 11, 2018 (Room 155)
All 2018 meetings will be held at Clackamas Community College's Wilsonville Training Center, Room 155, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E  Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

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March 31, 2016, 1:00-4:00 pm (Agenda) (Minutes)
September 29, 2016, 1:00-4:00 pm (Agenda) (Minutes)


The 2015 Legislature passed Senate Bill 608 establishing the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council within the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The legislation seeks to improve the lives of children, youths, adults and the elderly who would benefit from palliative care and to facilitate access through better coordination of care. 


Requirements of Senate Bill 608

The requirements of Senate Bill 608 are three-fold: 1) establishes the Advisory Council, 2) requires the Authority to create a website containing palliative care information and resources in consult with the Council, and 3) establishes requirements for health facilities relating to palliative care.

What Is Palliative Care? 

Palliative care means patient-centered and family-centered medical care that optimizes a patient's quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating the suffering caused by serious illness and involves addressing the patient's physical, social and spiritual needs and facilitating the patient's authority, access to information and choice. Palliative care includes, but is not limited to:
  • Discussing a patient's goals for treatment;
  • Discussing the treatment options that are appropriate for the patient; and
  • Comprehensive pain and symptom management.

The Council

The OHA Director has appointed the following members to the Council:
      Judy Epstein, ND, National College of Natural Medicine, Portland
      Erik Fromme, MD, Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU, Portland
      Catherine Kiel, RN, Umpqua Health Alliance, Roseburg
      Margaret Klein, RN, Ethicist, Susan G. Komen, Portland
      Jennifer Levi, LCSW, Providence, Portland
      Laura Mavity, MD, St. Charles Healthcare, Bend
      Letha McCleod, Chaplain, Providence, Portland
      Kathy Perko, PNP, Doernbecker Children’s Hospital, Portland
      Delvin Zook, Healthcare Administrator, Rock of Ages, McMinnville

The council has expertise in the following areas:
  • Nursing;
  • Social work;
  • Pharmacy;
  • Clergy or individuals who have professional spiritual expertise; and
  • At least two board-certified physicians or nurses with expertise in palliative care.

The members will meet at least twice a year or more upon request. The Council expects to hold its first meeting early 2016.

The role of the Council is to consult with and advise the OHA director on the:
  • Establishment, maintenance, operation and evaluation of palliative care initiatives in Oregon;
  • Implementation of Section 5 of Senate Bill 608, requiring health facilities to identify patients or residents who could benefit from palliative care; provide information to patients, residents and their families about palliative care; and coordinate with a patient's or resident's primary care provider, if practicable, to facilitate the access of patients and residents with serious illnesses to appropriate palliative care; and 
  • Information and resources to publish on its website relating to palliative care, which may include best practices, continuing educational opportunities, consumer education, and referral information.   
For additional information, please contact:
Denise Taray, RN

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