Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Alameda County Care Alliance Collaborative (ACCAC), a faith-based program in partnership with local clinical, academic, and community organizations. The ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program™ helps persons needing advanced illness care and their caregivers address spiritual, advance care planning, health (physical and psychosocial), social and caregiving needs by empowering participants and linking them to trusted resources in the community. Since the ACCA began in 2013, the Advanced Illness Care Program™ has expanded to over 20 African American churches in Alameda County and Contra Costa County.
Rev. Perrilliat is responsible for program development, implementation and training as well as strategic planning on program sustainability, replicability and scaling on a regional and national level. The goal of the ACCA-Advanced Illness Care Program is to share its innovative program across all communities that are interested in a true person-centered approach that embraces and honors cultural, spiritual and individual preferences in a holistic manner.
Rev. Perrilliat has over 25 years of experience as a change agent in healthcare, marketing and communications, biotechnologies and community organizations. Over the last 14 years, Rev. Perrilliat has focused on end of life care program development and educational training in the African American community. As part of VITAS Healthcare, Rev. Perrilliat established a targeted compassionate care approach to communities of color, which was adopted and replicated across the 17-state footprint of VITAS. She also served as faculty member of the Duke University APPEAL program, a Palliative Care Educational Curriculum for African Americans at the end of life.
Rev. Perrilliat holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo and an MPA degree from Cal State University of the East Bay with a focus in organizational change and healthcare. She serves as an ordained Minister of the gospel at the Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, CA, under the leadership of Dr. Jacqueline Thompson, and is also a gospel recording artist under her Splendor Records label.