Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute to Host Summer Conference this July

Western Washington University’s RN-to-BSN program as well as several additional healthcare organizations from throughout the community are partnering to sponsor a palliative care conference July 8-10 at Bellingham Technical College.

 “Helping Providers Heal Without Cure” is designed for healthcare providers, social workers, caregivers, university students and interested community members. Participants will discuss and learn about tools and methods for providing a community of excellence in end of life and serious illness care.  

The first day will uncover ways to have courageous conversations. Participants will form groups later in the day to further develop these skills. Day two will focus on the core concepts of palliative care and will demonstrate ways to help manage symptoms. The last day will encourage and educate participants about opportunities for community engagement.

The Palliative Care Institute was established to provide specialized healthcare for those with serious illnesses. The Institute encourages public discussion about treatment options and planning for those with incurable illness.

Western Washington University in conjunction with Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA), Community Organized Group for Health (COGH), Whatcom Family and Community Network, PeaceHealth Palliative Care and PeaceHealth Hospice have all come together to support this initiative and palliative care in Whatcom County.

Registration and information for this event is available online at www.wwu.edu/bsn.  Early registration is advised as seating is limited. This conference meets the criteria for up to 15 hours of Category I CME.  Registration deadline is Monday, July 6.