Winter 2015 Newsletter

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President's Message

by Kendra Belfi, MD

Our Mission: To stimulate end-of-life conversations through education.
Our vision: To foster a culture in which all people live well until the end of their days.

The Coalition for Quality End-of-life Care (CQEC) board of directors has just completed a review of our organization aimed at making the Coalition more effective in carrying out its mission.

As a volunteer organization made up of many creative, passionate people, we simply had more great ideas than energy to carry them out. 

To make the most of our volunteers' time and effort, the Coalition has adopted steps recommended by the CQEC Transitions Committee, including:


  • Refocus efforts on our major initiatives: National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, Respecting Choices First Steps facilitator courses, and community outreach through our website and a speakers bureau.
  • Shift to a project-based approach that will allow individuals to volunteer for one project with a time-limited commitment.
We are very optimistic that by refocusing our efforts on these projects, we will have more meaningful impact on our community and meet our mission of stimulating the very important end-of-life conversations.

I encourage you to visit the Coalition online at and return often. We update the site with new resources as available and will post information about upcoming events as these are scheduled.

The Coalition website is designed to be a hub of information on end-of-life care resources and events community-wide, so if your organization sponsors related events, please contact us.  We hope to form reciprocal partnerships with organizations that share our vision of a culture in which all people in our community will live well until the end of their days.

To learn more or get involved, contact us at

Featured Board Member
CQEC Secretary Tracy Mazour, RN, MSN, OCN

Tracy Mazour completed her undergraduate degree in 1994 at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in nursing science. From there she began her career as an oncology nurse working at St. David’s Hospital in Austin on the inpatient medical oncology unit.

After moving to Corpus Christi, TX, Tracy continued to pursue her career in oncology nursing. She has experience in areas of chemotherapy infusion, radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation and end of life care. 

In May of 2012, she completed her graduate degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio with a master of science in nursing through their clinical nurse leader program. While in graduate school, Tracy also volunteered with Mission of Mercy mobile clinic as a triage nurse serving uninsured patients.

Since returning to her home town of Fort Worth, Tracy has joined the UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute as the program manager for the Mobile Cancer Survivorship Clinic. As an oncology nurse, Tracy is passionate about survivorship care and the positive impact it makes on those fighting this disease.

In her free time, Tracy enjoys spending time with family, which includes two rescue dogs, travelling and finding new uses for old things.

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