Palliative Care Program

FACULTY & STAFF

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Melissa C. Palmer, LCSW, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C, JD

Melissa Palmer, LCSW, ACHP-SW, APHSW-C, JD started her career as an undergraduate psychology graduate working in community based children’s programs in the Mountains of Northern Appalachia.   After her graduate studies in Master’s in Social Work/Juris Doctor program at the University of Denver, Melissa’s practice expanded to mental health and medical social work at Sutter Health.  In 2005, she teamed with the local hospice director and nurse to design and implement a hospital based palliative care program in Northern California.   She moved to Kaiser Permanente Northern California in 2007 where she worked as an inpatient palliative care social worker. When Melissa and her family moved back to Colorado in 2014, she teamed with a nurse practitioner at a home based community palliative care program that served Colorado Foothills communities.  Currently, Melissa is a case manager and life care planning (goals of care) facilitator at Kaiser Permanente CO.   Melissa Palmer received her certification for advance practice social worker in the field of hospice and palliative care (ACHP-SW in 2017 and APHSW-C in 2019).  In January 2021, Melissa transitioned to the MSPC Co-Director and Allied Health lead.  Melissa likes being outdoors, hiking, skiing, swimming and spending time with her family.