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The Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council

The Council was established in May 2019 with the selection of twenty members. The highly qualified and dedicated members of the Council represent the many facets of care necessary for the provision of effective palliative care.  The membership includes representatives from medical, nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, exercise physiology, pharmacology, spiritual care, and a patient and family representative.  The Council will meet regularly and meeting agendas and minutes are available through this page.  Education and information materials will also be made available as the work of the Council progresses. 

Solicitation of New Members

The Ohio Department of Health is currently seeking applications for membership on the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council (the Council). This council is comprised of individuals with expertise and experience with palliative care and is tasked with advising the Director of the Health on standards, guidelines, models of care, and the integration of palliative care into Ohio’s healthcare systems.

Membership

Council members are chosen from a pool of qualified applicants to represent the urban, suburban, and rural makeup of Ohio as well as both small- and large-scale systems of care.

The Council was first established in 2019 and currently has ten of twenty seats filled. New Council members will be appointed by the Director for a term of three years from the following professions and constituencies, and the Council has a current need for representation from clergy or spiritual advisors, child life specialists, and patients:

  • Two physicians authorized under Chapter 4731. of the Revised Code to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery, including those who are board-certified in pediatrics and those who are board-certified in psychiatry, as those designations are issued by a medical specialty certifying board recognized by the American board of medical specialties or American osteopathic association;
  • Physician assistants licensed under Chapter 4730. of the Revised Code;
  • Advanced practice registered nurses licensed under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code who are designated as clinical nurse specialists or certified nurse practitioners;
  • Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses licensed under Chapter 4723. of the Revised Code;
  • Pharmacists licensed under Chapter 4729. of the Revised Code; (6) Psychologists licensed under Chapter 4732. of the Revised Code;
  • Licensed professional clinical counselors or licensed professional counselors licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revised Code;
  • Independent social workers or social workers licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revised Code;
  • Marriage and family therapists licensed under Chapter 4757. of the Revised Code;
  • Child life specialists;
  • Clergy or spiritual advisers;
  • Exercise physiologists;
  • Health insurers;
  • Patients; and
  • Family caregivers.

Members shall serve without compensation.

Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. In the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacity of a council member, the director shall appoint a successor who shall hold office for the remainder of the term for which the successor's predecessor was appointed. A member shall continue in office after the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

Roles and Expectations

Members of the Council will be expected to attend each scheduled meeting and assume an active role in carrying out the following duties:

  • Consult with and advise the director on matters related to the establishment, maintenance, operation, and evaluation of palliative care initiatives in this state; 
  • Identify national organizations that have established standards of practice and best practice models for palliative care;
  • Identify initiatives established at the national and state levels aimed at integrating palliative care into the health care system and enhancing the use and development of palliative care; and
  • Establish guidelines for health care facilities and providers to use in identifying patients and residents who could benefit from palliative care.

On or before December 31 of each year, the Council shall prepare and submit a report of recommendations for improving the provision of palliative care in the State of Ohio to the Governor, the General Assembly, Director of Health, Director of Aging, Superintendent of Insurance, and the Director of Medicaid.

Meetings

The Council shall meet at the call of the Director, but no less than twice annually.

Applications

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and a resume or biography for Director Vanderhoff’s consideration. Deadline for submission: October 31, 2022.

 Please email your letter of interest and resume or biography to:

Selina.Jackson@odh.ohio.gov

If you have any questions, please contact Selina Jackson at 614-420-5505.

Statutory Objectives of the Council

  1. Consult with and advise the director on matters related to the establishment, maintenance, operation, and evaluation of palliative care initiatives in this state;
  2. Consult with the department of health for purposes of its implementation of section 3701.361 of the Revised Code;
  3. Identify national organizations that have established standards of practice and best practice models for palliative care;
  4. Identify initiatives established at the national and state levels aimed at integrating palliative care into the health care system and enhancing the use and development of palliative care;
  5. Establish guidelines for health care facilities and providers to use under section 3701.362 of the Revised Code in identifying patients and residents who could benefit from palliative care;
  6. On or before December 31 of each year, prepare and submit to the governor, general assembly, director of health, director of aging , superintendent of insurance, medicaid director, and executive director of the office of health transformation a report of recommendations for improving the provision of palliative care in this state.

 

Council Membership - May 2019-April 2022

  • Jill E. Anderson, MSW-LISW-S - Manager of Population Heath, Equitas Health 
  • Mark Curtis, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ACHPN, LMT - Director, Integrative Care, Innovative Care Solutions Center for Supportive Care
  • Susanne M. Evans, RN, BSN, MS, NE-BC - Clinical Director, Cincinnati Children’s Home Care Service, Starshine Hospice 
  • Sarah Elizabeth Friebert, MD - Director, Haslinger Pediatric Palliative Care Division, Akron Children’s Hospital 
  • Jessica Geiger-Hayes, PhrmD, BCPS, CPE - Clinical Pharmacist, Riverside Methodist Hospital
  • Phyllis Grauer, PharmD, RPh, CPE, CDCA - Owner, Specialty Practice Clinical Pharmacist Consultant, Charxis Consulting, LLC  
  • Gayle M. Greenhagen, RN, BSN, CHPN - Manager, Bridge Palliative Care 
  • Medford Mashburn, MD, HMDC - Medical Director, Mercy Youngstown, Hospice of the Valley, and Medicare Care Choices 

      •  Debra Oriold, MEd - Patient Family Member  

  • Chirag Rajni Patel, MD, FAAHPM - Regional Chief Medical Officer, Ohio’s Hospice Southwest Care Region, President Innovative Care Solutions and Pure Healthcare Chief Medical Officer, Pure Healthcare  
  • Rev. Dr. Paul L. Ray - Director of Chaplaincy Services, Adena Health System  
  • Zach Rossfeld, MD, FAAP - Inpatient Palliative Care Physician, Grant Hospital  
  • Laura Kay Shoemaker DO - Director, Palliative Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center  
  • Kristi Strawser, MSN, MBA, RN, CHPN, NE-BC - Executive Director, State of the Heart Care  
  • Kathy Thornton, APRN - Vice President of Clinical Services, Hospice of Huntington in Ohio
  • Karen Wonders, PhD, FACSM - Executive Director, Maple Tree Cancer Alliance Program Director, Sports Science, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Wright State University
  • Alexander Wolf, DNP, RN, APRN - Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Medicine, TriHealth 
  • Adonyah Whipple, APRN, CNS, ACHPN - Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Knox County Hospital  

Meeting Dates

Date

Time

Agenda

Minutes

Jul 9, 2019 10am - 12:30pm   7/9/19 Agenda    7/9/19 Minutes
Aug 23, 2019 10am - 2:30pm  8/23/19 Agenda 8/23/19 Minutes
Sept 27, 2019 10am - 1pm 9/27/19 Agenda  
Nov 1, 2020      9:30am-3:30pm work groups / no agenda  
Nov 22, 2019 10am - 1pm 11/22/2019 Agenda    11/22/2019 Minutes
Feb 28, 2020 10am - 1pm 2/28/2020 Agenda 2/28/2020 Minutes
May 22, 2020 10am-2pm cancelled  
Aug 28, 2020 10am-2pm cancelled  
Dec 11, 2020 12:30pm-1:30pm online meeting - updates 12/11/2020 Minutes
Feb 28, 2021 12:30pm-2:30pm online meeting -updates  
Apr 9, 2021 12:00pm-1:30pm 4/9/21 Agenda 4/9/21 Minutes
May 14, 2021 12:00pm-1:30pm 5/14/21   
June 4, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm 6/4/21  
June 16, 2021 12:00pm-12:30pm Committee Meeting  
June 25, 2021 12:00pm-1:00pm Committee Meeting  
Aug 20, 2021 12:00pm-1:30pm    
Nov 12, 2021 12:00pm-1:30pm    

Online Meetings during COVID 19

Until further notice, to obtain information and links to attend the online meetings of the Council, please email: Selina.Jackson@odh.ohio.gov.