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The PREPARE for Your Care Story

Prepare for Your Care grew out of a desire to help make medical decision making easier for people and caregivers. It is the result of ongoing research, collaboration, and generous funding.

Learn more about PREPARE's history, funding, and team below.



Created and tested an easy-to-read advance directive proven to be effective in a randomized trial. It is available in 10 languages. See the Research »

2009 - 2012

Conducted studies with diverse populations to further understand patients’ and caregivers’ needs for advance care planning. See the Research »


Launched the PREPARE website with video stories that help people engage in advance care planning.


Conducted a pilot study in senior centers showing PREPARE increased engagement in advance care planning from 40% to 100%. See the Research »

Launched Spanish version of PREPARE.


Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to update the easy-to-read advance directives for all 50 states. Forms will be available (in English and Spanish) in 2017.


Visited site: more than 100,000 unique visitors from over 150 countries.


Generous funding for PREPARE research and development has been provided by:


PREPARE is the result of a collaboration of broad and talented group of people and organizations. These include:

Founder and Director

Rebecca Sudore, MD, FAAHPM, Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics Division, University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Sudore is a geriatrician, palliative medicine physician, and advance care planning researcher. She also directs the Innovation & Implementation Center in Aging & Palliative Care (I-CAP) and the Vulnerable Populations for Aging Research Core of the NIA-funded Pepper Center.

Dr. Sudore is passionate about making medical information easier to understand and helping people make informed medical decisions.

PREPARE Advisory Board

Anthony Back, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at UW, Co-Director, UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, and Co-Founder of Vital Talk

Rick Beberman, MBA, MAcc, Digital Health Corporate Development and Investment

Mark Steven Lachs, MD, MPH, Co-Chief, Weill Cornell Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Director of Geriatrics, New York Presbyterian Health Care System

Bruce Leff, MD, Director, Center for Transformative Geriatric Research, Professor Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Stephen T. Limpe, MBA, President and CEO, Compass Care, LLC, Managing Partner, L3G Medtrics, LLC

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

R. Sean Morrison, MD, Professor and Director of the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) and Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, FAAHPM, MHM, Professor of Medicine, Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care, Director, UCSF Palliative Care Program, Palliative Care Quality Network (PCQN) and Palliative Care Leadership Center

Aenor J Sawyer, MD, MS, Director, UCSF Skeletal Health Service, Health Innovation&Technology in Ortho (HITO), Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, Health Law Professor, The George Washington University, Co-Principal Investigator, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP)

Development Team

Application Development:
People Designs, Inc.

Video Production:
Lizmar Media Design
Barry Schwenkmeyer
GreenWaves Media Production

Strategic Communications & Planning (SCP)

Johnny Asbury, BS
David Farrell, MPH
Mari Feuz, BS
Sarah Hooper, JD
Ryan McMahan, BS
Jana Powell, BS
Michael Villaire, MSLM

Expert Panel and Consultants

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA, Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Darren Dewalt, MD, MPH, Chief, UNC Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Erin Henke, VSP Vision Care, previous co-Director of California Coalition for Compassionate Care

Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS, Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine, and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Center for Vulnerable Populations.

Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Eric Widera, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Current and Past Research Staff

Esteban Aguayo
Hannah Brown
Mariko Feuz
Axel Herrera
Carlo Juarez
Mary Katen
Brookelle Li
Jenelle Lin

Jacqueline Martinez
Ryan McMahan
Maia Menschik
Brenda Nunez-Garcia
Stacy Osua
Sarah Pierluissi
Marissa Pimentel
Belkiz Quintanilla

Francisco Quintanilla
Roberto Ramos
Sarah Richardson
Gabriela Vanegas
Vivian Yadegar
Ajay Yalamanchi