Why is Palliative Care Person-focused?
We believe that every person matters and every moment matters. That's why Cambia is so committed to palliative care and innovating the consumer experience for people and families living with serious illness.
Our goal is to help people live as well as possible for as long as possible and to support family caregivers.
We have deployed every asset of our company to make that happen — with a holistic approach to advancing palliative care across our Foundation, health plans, strategic investments and technology innovations.
All of these efforts focus on changing the experience of people with serious illness.
Who it Benefits
Palliative Care: an extra layer of support that's personal.
Providing case management to families and individuals experiencing a serious illness is an extra layer of support for members. Our regional health plan case manager, Darci Teats, shares what drives her to help patients navigate what quality of life looks like for each person — as a holistic approach to care.
Cambia Health Foundation partners for pediatric palliative care
Pediatric palliative care is distinctly different than adult palliative care. Since 2004, the Cambia Health Foundation has invested in the Bridges Program at OHSU Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital, a comprehensive palliative care program for children and their families facing a long-term life-threatening condition or active end-of-life care that focuses on ensuring a child’s comfort and improving quality of life.
Supporting caregiving employees
Caregiving can be some of the hardest work. Today there are approximately 43 million caregivers in the U.S. and 35% of the workforce is estimated to be serving as active caregivers. Cambia is dedicated to supporting our caregiving employees and members by working to ensure they feel included, honored and respected. As part of our efforts, we recently announced a new partnership with ARCHANGELS, a national movement to build caregiving communities and connect people to resources that can support them.
To learn more about our partnership and click here to read some of our employee’s personal caregiving stories.
Transforming the Consumer Experience
Cambia invests in the area of palliative care because people-centric services are necessary to transform the way people experience the health care system.
Since its inception in 2007, the Cambia Health Foundation has made purposeful philanthropic investments totaling more than $36 million to advance palliative care awareness, access and workforce capacity.
Regional Health Insurance Plans
With our regional health plans, we have created what has been called the most comprehensive palliative care benefit in the nation, supporting the entire palliative care spectrum, from birth – and even before birth - until natural completion of life.
We created a new Employee Resource Group, called our CARE PC ERG, to educate employees about our benefit and services, and offer them a safe place to discuss their own situations as caregivers.
ARCHANGELS, is a nationwide effort that leverages the retail channel as a way to identify, thank, and support caregivers by connecting them to the caregiver infrastructure that already exists (but that most caregivers don’t know about). Learn more about our employee stories.