Cambia Health Foundation Announces 10 New Sojourns® Scholars

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Emerging palliative care leaders working to ensure people with serious illness and their caregivers live well.

Cambia Health Foundation announces the sixth cohort of scholars accepted into its Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. Ten emerging palliative care leaders were carefully chosen through a rigorous selection process from a highly competitive pool that included candidates from across the country, including all disciplines and practice settings.

The Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program is designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. As part of the leadership program, each Sojourns Scholar receives $180,000 in funding ($90,000/year over a two-year period) to conduct an innovative and impactful clinical, policy, educational, or systems change project in the field of palliative care. Scholars also receive individual mentorship to design and implement a development plan that supports their growth as national palliative care leaders.  In addition, the newest cohort will participate with other scholars in a collaborative learning community.

“We are pleased to support the innovative projects and personal development of this elite group of palliative care professionals to better meet the growing needs of patients and families living with a serious illness,” said Peggy Maguire, president and board chair, Cambia Health Foundation.  “These emerging leaders are change agents for a health care system that is more person-focused, holistic, compassionate, sustainable and healing.”

Listed below are the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Grant Recipients:

Danetta E. Hendricks Sloan, PhD, MA, MSW
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Advancing the Development of Faith – Centered, Community-Based Advance Care Planning within African American Churches

David S. Wu, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Integrating a Narrative Approach to Goals of Care (GOC) Conversations in the Intensive Care Unit

James A. Fausto, MD MHA FAAHPM
University of Washington
TRAC-PC: Telehealth for Rapid Access to Community-based Palliative Care

Jessica S. Merlin, MD, PhD, MBA
University of Pittsburgh
Consensus-based approaches to managing opioids, including opioid misuse and addiction, in ambulatory palliative care: development and dissemination

Kashelle Lockman, Pharm.D., M.A.
University of Iowa College of Pharmacy
Preparing Pharmacists for Interdisciplinary Palliative Practice

Kei Ouchi, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
A nurse-led behavioral intervention to empower seriously ill older adults to formulate their goals for medical care in the emergency department

Megan Lippe PhD, MSN, RN
The University of Alabama
Enhancing the Provision of Palliative Care in Alabama through APRN Education and Leadership

Meghan R. Potthoff PhD, APRN-NP, PCPNP-BC, CPNP-AC
Creighton University
Pediatric Palliative Care Conversation Toolkit for the Chronic Critically Ill

Ranak Trivedi, Ph.D.
Stanford University/VA Palo Alto Health Care System
South Asian Family Approaches to Diseases (SAFAD): A Program to Enhance Caregiving among South Asian Women Living with Breast Cancer

Susan Lysaght Hurley PhD, RN
Care Dimensions, Inc.
Addressing the Palliative Nursing Workforce Gap: A Hospice Nurse Residency Program

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 $11 million to 62 scholars around the country, each focused on different areas of palliative care, but all committed to improving the experience of people facing serious illness and their caregivers.

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 almost $70 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.


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