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Kim Callinan, MPP


As the chief program officer for Compassion & Choices, Kim has steered her team through unprecedented programmatic accomplishments. In this capacity, Kim 1) guided the program team through the authorization and implementation of medical aid-in-dying laws in California, Colorado and the District of Columbia; 2) integrated the organization’s successful efforts to persuade medical societies and health systems to accept medical aid in dying and integrate it into the standard of end-of-life care; and 3) launched the new Truth in Treatment initiative to empower patients with life-threatening diseases to get the care that reflects their goals, priorities and values.  

Kim regularly authors thought-leadership pieces that detail the stark contrast between what consumers want and existing policies and practices in end-of-life care. Her opinion editorials and blogs include Allow Modern Medicine to Relieve Agonizing End-of-Life ExperiencesLanguage Matters in Medical Aid in Dying Debate; People Should Have Choices as Their Life is EndingCongress, Get It Right for Dying Americans; Truth in Treatment: Take Control of Your Healthcare Today; A Call to the Palliative Care Community for a Patient-Centered Response to Medical Aid in Dying; Medical Aid in Dying: The Hallmark of Patient-Centered Care; Five Questions to Ask About End-of-Life Care; and Advance Directives Are Only the First Step.  

Kim is also frequently invited to speak at conferences, testify before state legislatures, conduct policy briefings and serve on committees as a subject-matter expert on end-of-life care options. She served on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality Care of People with Serious Illness, addressed the American Society of Aging’s National Forum: A Message to the President and spoke at the Center for Medicare Advocacy Voices of Medicare Summit. Kim has been interviewed by top national media outlets such as USA Today, Yahoo News, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and Vox, as well as countless state outlets

Prior to joining Compassion & Choices, Kim spent two decades creating integrated campaigns to engineer social change, including supporting issue campaigns to reduce the number of uninsured Americans and improve children’s health, and political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. Kim holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, a graduate certificate in public health from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in government from Oberlin College. She also holds a certificate in the fundamentals in gerontology through a joint program offered by the American Society on Aging and the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology.