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Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA, BA

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.?

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 Illness Care Program will serve 400 Persons needing advanced illness care and their caregivers formally enrolled in the AICP and approximately 2500-3000 community members who are not formally enrolled in the program, but receive a subset of services in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

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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