Palliative Care Council

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​History: In 2017, Nebraska Governor, Pete Ricketts signed the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Act, Statute § 71-4501 through 71-4504, into law. The law established the Palliative Care Consumer and Professional Information and Education Program and the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Council.

The nine-member council includes physicians and nurses certified under the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Program administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine and other experienced palliative care professionals. Council members provide best practices, recommendations, education and expertise to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Palliative Care Council Members

  • Marcia Cederdahl, BS, RN, CHPN
  • Brenda Kastens, MA, LMHP
  • Andrew Macfadyen, MD
  • Julie Masters, BA, MA, PhD
  • Angela Mortensen BA, MSW
  • Todd Sauer, MD (Chair)
  • Sabrina Schalley, LCSW
  • Stacie Sinclair, MPP, CSW
  • Theresa Jizba, DNP, AGACNP, ACHPN

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Women's Health Initiative Staff

Shirley Pickens-White
Program Manager
Women's Health Initiative 

Christine Esch, BA, PLS
Staff Assistant
Women's Health Initiative
(402) 471-0158

This website was developed by the Nebraska Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council with support from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. It is intended to provide patients, families, caregivers, and health care professionals with information on what palliative care is and how to find it in Nebraska.  ​