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Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA

Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, is the executive director of the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA), 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, advanced 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 2014, the Advanced Illness Care Program™ has expanded to over 14 African American churches in Alameda County and Contra Costa County. Rev. Perrilliat is responsible for the overall success of the program, which includes partnership development, implementation and training as well as strategic planning on program sustainability, replicability and scaling on a regional and national level.

Rev. Perrilliat has over 25 years of experience as a change agent in healthcare, marketing and communications, biotechnologies and community organizations. Over the last 10 years, Rev. Perrilliat has focused on end of life care program development and educational training in the African American, Latino and Asian communities. 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 Duke University, APPEAL program, a Palliative Care Educational Curriculum for African Americans at the end of life. She has received multiple awards for her work as an innovator and community leader in palliative and hospice care.

Rev. Perrilliat holds a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo and an MPA degree from Cal State University East Bay with a focus in organizational change and healthcare. She serves as a Minister of the gospel at the Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, CA, under the leadership of Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr.

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.

I Choose to Prepare - Tell Your Story

Hosted by the Alameda County Care Alliance Advanced Illness Care Program, the "I Choose to Prepare" event, is a creative approach to opening discussions on advanced care planning for a community-wide audience. Mostly youth and young adults share their talents of dance, spoken word, song, and other creative approaches to the often intense subject matter of advanced directives, but do so in a thoughtful, personal and fun manner. Refreshments and one on one conversations are an important part of the program as well. Various Advanced Directive tools, brochures and access to videos offer important follow-through for making the choice to be prepared.

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.

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