Alameda County Care Alliance
The Alameda County Care Alliance Advanced Illness Care Program™ (ACCA-AICP) is a faith-based, person-centered, lay care navigation intervention serving predominantly African American adults with advanced illness and their caregivers. The ACCA extends capacity for advanced illness care beyond the traditional health delivery system, bridging the gap between health delivery systems, community organizations and faith-based communities. ACCA care navigators and liaisons come from ACCA churches and address participant needs, provide trusted resources, and empower persons needing advanced illness care and their caregivers in 5 big cornerstones: spiritual, health, advance care planning, social, and caregiving. Originally started with a hub of 5 African American churches, the program has grown to include 12 churches and continues to expand.
Advanced Illness Care Navigation for African American Adults in Faith-Based Settings
This project will expand the program to three additional church communities, enrolling an additional 500 congregants, community members, and family caregivers. This project will also be used to train care navigators and volunteer care ministers, to promote the program through community outreach, and to support ongoing data collection that has provided evidence of the program’s success.
Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) Advanced Illness Care Program (AICP)™
The ACCA AICP will serve 650 Persons Needing Advanced Illness Care (PNAIC)/caregivers and position the program for future scale-up and sustainability by 1) refining the intervention and program infrastructure; 2) augmenting program staff training 3) standardizing the training curricula and protocol and; 4) improving the referral process from local providers.
Refining Advance Care Planning Training and Toolkit Development in the Faith-Based African American Community
Through this project, the ACCA will use a community based participatory research approach to identify and refine aspects of existing Advance Care Planning (ACP) programs and materials (and, as needed to develop new tools and materials), assemble an ACP toolkit and evaluate the effectiveness of ACP toolkit and tools from the perspectives of persons needing care, caregivers, Care Navigators, Pastors and clinicians.