A new $244,000 grant will fund palliative care education for qualified Medi-Cal providers at the California State University Institute for Palliative Care in San Marcos.

Under the contract, Medi-Cal providers and their clinician staff – including doctors, nurses, and social workers – can obtain free enrollment in the institute’s online programs. In turn, they gain a better understanding of palliative care, geared toward people with serious or life-limiting illness.

The grant is from the California Department of Health Care Services. The funding supports Senate Bill 1004, which expands palliative care services to Med-Cal beneficiaries.

Enrollment will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at 760-750-4006 or visit csupalliativecare.org.