Jennifer Ballentine

BallantineChair Jennifer Ballentine, MA, is President of The Iris Project, dedicated to education, advocacy, and change design to improve advance care planning and hospice and palliative care. She previously served as Vice President of Hospice Analytics, Executive Director of Life Quality Institute, and Director of Programs for the Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. Jennifer has participated in many collaborative projects with state and national organizations around end-of-life decision making, advance care planning, hospice and palliative care, and healthcare ethics, including the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Education Committee and Ethics Advisory Council, the Center for Improving Value in Health Care Palliative Care Taskforce, the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, and the Colorado Senior Lobby. She is published widely, including in the Colorado Bar Association’s Senior Law Handbook, Journal of Palliative Medicine, American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, and Natural Transitions magazine. She has contributed chapters to Hospice Ethics: Policy and Practice in Palliative Care (Oxford University Press) and the CSA textbook, Working with Older Adults. Jennifer holds a BA from Oberlin College, an MA in end-of-life studies from Regis University, and a professional advancement certificate in Gerontology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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