About Us

Members of the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition are people who live and work in Westchester County, NY. We believe in a community-based approach to the end of life. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with a life-limiting diagnosis.

WELC Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Christina Staudt, Ph.D. ~ President
Co-founder, WELC
Chair, Columbia University Seminar on Death
Director, Cancer Support Team
Member of Fund Board and Patient Care Volunteer, Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care
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WELC Vision

A community where all those with life limiting conditions are able to die with dignity, at peace, pain-free, in a place and manner of their choosing; a community where persons who are dying and their families receive competent, compassionate and timely care and support.


WELC Mission Goals

• Educating the community about end-of-life issues and expanding awareness of  the importance of these issues.
• Informing the public about available services related to end-of-life care by functioning as a clearing-house and a conduit for networking.
• Identifying the gaps in services and promoting the establishment of services that will fill those gaps.
• Promoting a community where the dying and their caregivers receive the medical, social and spiritual support they need.
• Advocating with policy makers and legislators for laws and regulations that will improve the end-of-life experience.

The Coalition is mindful of the need to reach all residents in our ethnically and economically diverse community and to communicate at all levels of health literacy.


WELC History

In 2001-2002, the Health Advocacy Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College and the Service Board of Jansen Memorial Hospice jointly organized “Understanding the End of Life,” a series of six educational programs for the public.

The sessions were very well attended by concerned citizens and professional health care workers from around Westchester County. All expressed the need and desire to improve the end-of-life experience in our community. The Westchester End-of-Life Coalition was founded to build on the interest and energy this series created. …READ MORE…