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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has been selected to receive grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to improve care at the end of life.


The grant will provide support to the more than 350 community and state coalitions working to improve end-of-life care at the local level in healthcare systems, hospices and palliative care programs, physician offices, the workplace, faith communities, local government, and other community-based organizations. In addition, it will provide support for consumer engagement and community outreach efforts, develop new resources, build a comprehensive consumer Web site and information center, and offer a consumer services program.


"NHPCO is honored to have been chosen to build on the work begun by the Last Acts and Rallying Points programs and is excited to continue efforts to help consumers be active participants in the care they receive when confronting a life-limiting illness," said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO.


For 26 years, the NHPCO has been working with hospice and palliative care programs, health and human service providers, and national organizations to improve end-of-life care. This project will enable the NHPCO to develop more comprehensive consumer support programs and resources.