Brynn Bowman 2023

Brynn Bowman, MPA

As Chief Executive Officer of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Brynn Bowman presides over the organizational and content strategy that serves more than 1,700 CAPC member health care organizations, including over 70,000 clinicians and administrators. Ms. Bowman, previously CAPC Chief Strategy Officer, succeeds Diane E. Meier, MD.

Ms. Bowman is a nationally recognized leader in scaling practice and culture change in health care delivery for people with serious illness. An expert in palliative care education, she specializes in health care leadership; palliative care business and financing; palliative care program design; palliative care education for nonpalliative care specialists; and palliative care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work has been instrumental in the development of clinician engagement and education strategies to equip the U.S. health care workforce with the skills needed to care for patients with serious illness, and their families.

Ms. Bowman was a 2020/2021 Health and Aging Policy Fellow, where she served with the Senate Finance Committee. She has co-chaired three of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness workshops focused on workforce and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2016, she won the Brandon Hall Group Silver Excellence in Learning Award for Best Use of Mobile Learning: CAPC Online Curriculum.

Ms. Bowman has served on a number of advisory groups, including the C-TAC Summit Development Committee and Moonshot; the Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification Program; Aquifer palliative care curriculum development for medical students; and the Serious Illness Care Program Implementation Collaborative. In 2018–19, Ms. Bowman led a consensus process to grow the field of pediatric palliative care that codified a road map of priority actions and led to the development of a national coordinating pediatric palliative care task force. In 2021-22, Ms. Bowman was co-investigator for CAPC’s health equity initiative to identify opportunities to improve the quality of care for Black patients with serious illness.

Ms. Bowman has characterized palliative care clinical education for nonpalliative care specialists in multiple peer-reviewed publications, including Health Affairs, the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, among others. She has coauthored multiple CAPC publications, including Palliative Care in the Home: A Guide to Program Design (2016) and The Case for Communication Skills Training.

Formerly vice president of education at CAPC, Ms. Bowman was responsible for developing CAPC’s online clinical training curriculum and a wide range of technical assistance that has garnered nearly a million course completions by one hundred thousand clinicians nationwide.

Prior to joining CAPC in 2013, Ms. Bowman served as strategy director at LevelUp, a technology company specializing in mobile payment and small-business marketing. Ms. Bowman graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with an AB in biological studies and received her MPA from New York University in 2017.

Brynn Bowman lives in New York City.

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An introduction to palliative care, how it is delivered, its impact on quality of life, and the growing population of patients who need it.

Leveraging CAPC membership to start a new program, grow the service or expand into new care settings, and train all clinical staff. Includes 21 resources.
Tools to help health professionals improve health equity for all people living with serious illness. Includes 40 resources.
Hire and onboard your staff, manage program operations, and ensure a healthy high-functioning team using this toolkit. Includes 73 resources.
Training and clinical tools for oncology clinicians from all disciplines. Includes 23 resources.
Skills training and clinical tools to support the care of patients with serious illness, and their families. Includes 12 resources.
Tools to make the case for palliative care resources and financial partnerships, including the palliative care evidence base and downloadable tools for presenting the case. Includes 27 resources.
Practical tools and technical assistance for starting or growing a home-based palliative care program, from needs assessment to business planning, and more. Includes 96 resources.
Tools and technical assistance for starting or expanding a hospital palliative care service. Includes 24 resources.
Tools and technical assistance for developing a palliative care program in a community clinic or office setting. Includes 36 resources.
Resources for improving team health and tools to help clinicians cope with moral distress, grief, and trauma. Includes 47 resources.
Training and clinical tools for hospitalists to improve quality of life for patients living with serious illness and complex need. Includes 31 resources.
Training clinicians to support people with dementia and their caregivers, and guidance for quality improvement initiatives. Includes 22 resources.
Foundational knowledge for emerging nurse leaders. Includes 41 resources.
Improving productivity and efficiency to ensure team health and operating within budget. Includes 21 resources.
Use this toolkit to select program measures that demonstrate value to stakeholders and support quality care delivery. Overcome common measurement obstacles and synthesize program data. Includes 9 resources.
A process and tools for stabilizing and strengthening palliative care programs during COVID-19. Includes 6 resources.
Tools to design and implement a training initiative for care teams from all specialties, to improve quality of life for patients and families living with serious illness. Includes 27 resources.
Tools to help payers, policymakers, and providers understand best practices for delivering quality care during a serious illness, and to identify certifications that demonstrate adherence to third-party quality standards. Includes 32 resources.
These tools can be used to make the case for palliative care investment with organization leaders, health plans, colleagues, and community partners. Includes 18 resources.

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