Kim Callinan is currently the President and CEO of Compassion & Choices; prior to that, she was the chief program officer. During her combined tenure at Compassion & Choices, Kim has played a leadership role in 1) authorizing and implementing medical aid in dying into five new jurisdictions: California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Hawaii and New Jersey; 2) drafting, promoting and implementing Compassion & Choices’ new strategic plan; and 3) launching our Finish Strong initiative, which includes a book and a suite of new tools designed to empower patients to take charge of the final chapter of their lives, including focused efforts on helping people plan for a possible dementia diagnosis and closing the disparities in end of life care and planning that exist for communities of color.
Kim regularly authors thought-leadership pieces that detail the stark contrast between what healthcare consumers want and existing policies and practices in end-of-life care; you can read highlights here. 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 presented at the National Academies of Science Physician-Assisted Death workshop, 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.
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 Davis School of Gerontology.
Read Kim’s Writings