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Caring for People with Advanced Illness

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PHI’s Center for Technology and Aging pioneered new outreach techniques to underserved communities. In Oakland, CA, the Center helped place care navigators directly into five African-American churches to provide care to aging congregants. For people suffering from advanced illnesses like cancer, navigating the complex healthcare system can be daunting.

Through a joint program with the Alameda County Care Alliance in Oakland, CTA partnered with five African-American churches to place care navigators directly in their congregations, who are there to offer advice on advanced directives and offer guidance on housing, transportation, and respite care for caregivers. Through innovating and promoting new outreach techniques, CTA is helping to reach communities that experience consistent health disparities throughout life that are made even more pronounced as age brings on advanced illnesses. Learn more.

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