About

The Collaborative for Palliative Care is a Westchester, New York non-profit organization.

Mission Statement

The Collaborative for Palliative Care is a broad-based collaborative of community-based organizations and volunteers dedicated to improving the care of the seriously ill through creating, supporting, and mobilizing education, research, and advocacy for compassionate palliative and end-of-life care.

Directors & Advisory Board Members:

Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, PhD, MPH, JD

Founder and President of the Collaborative, Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, JD, PhD, MPH, a health care attorney practicing in White Plains, NY, and an aging and health researcher, holds the appointments of Fellow at Fordham University’s Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, and Senior Policy Advisor in Health and Ethics at the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, University of Rochester Medical Center (FLGEC).

Morrissey is Director of the Aging & Health Workforce Development Institute, a collaborative project of the FLGEC, Westchester Public Private Partnership for Aging Services and Collaborative for Palliative Care; President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (STPP); and the STPP recipient of a 2017 APA Public Interest Directorate Health Equity Dissemination Award. Morrissey’s research and scholarship on pain, suffering and palliative and end-of-life care inform and guide her policy practice and advocacy.

She has authored numerous publications in law and peer-reviewed scientific journals, integrating transdisciplinary and critical theoretical perspectives in law, psychology, public health, social work and bioethics. Morrissey serves presently as President of the Collaborative for Palliative Care, New York, President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and past chair of New York City Bar Association Bioethical Issues Committee. She is a member of the NYSBA Health Law Section and NYSBA Ethical Issues and Public Health Committees; and is past president of the State Society on Aging of New York, past president of the Public Health Association of New York City, and past chair of the Health Law and Reproductive Rights Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and the Elder/Health Law Committee of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.

Bruce Jennings, MA

Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University & The Hastings Center.

Bruce Jennings, MA, is Director of Bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature. He teaches ethics at the Yale University School of Public Health and the New York Medical College. He also holds a faculty appointment at the Weill Medical College-Cornell University. He is Senior Advisor and an elected Fellow at The Hastings Center, where he served from 1991 through 1999 as Executive Director.

In 2011 Mr. Jennings was named Editor-in-Chief of the new 4th edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 5 vols. (Macmillan Reference, forthcoming 2014), a standard reference work in the field of bioethics.

Mr. Jennings has been active in the health policy and end of life care arenas and has published widely on ethical issues in hospital treatment decision making, palliative care, and hospice. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Board of Trustees of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State. He is a member of the hospital ethics committee at the New York Presbyterian Hospital—Cornell and at the Sound Shore Medical Center. He is coauthor of the Hastings Center Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and the Care of the Dying (1987); and has recently coauthored a successor book, The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life: Revised and Expanded Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is also co-founder of the “Decisions Near the End of Life” program, an educational and practice change program that was conducted in over 200 hospitals in 20 states from 1990-1996.

He has also been a leader in ethics education in the field of public health. From 2003-2009 he served as member and Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For several years he has been active in the ethics shared interest group of the American Public Health Association, and in 2010 served as the chair of that group. Among his works in public health are: Ethics and Public Health: Model Curriculum (Association of Schools of Public Health, 2003) and Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2007).

A political scientist by training (Yale University B.A. 1971 and Princeton University M.A. 1973), Mr. Jennings has written and edited twenty-five books and has published numerous articles on bioethics and public policy issues.