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Professional Organizations

Below are major professional organizations concerned with quality care and advancing the field of palliative care.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
AAHPM is an organization of physicians and other medical professionals dedicated to excellence in palliative medicine, the prevention and relief of suffering among patients and families by providing education and clinical practice standards, fostering research, facilitating personal and professional development of its members, and by public policy advocacy.

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
The American Geriatrics Society is a nationwide, not-for-profit association of geriatrics health care professionals, research scientists, and other concerned individuals dedicated to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.

American Hospital Association (AHA)
The American Hospital Associate aims to advance the health of individuals and communities. The AHA leads, represents and serves hospitals, health systems and other related organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement.

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
The American Society of Clinical Oncology is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer. ASCO's members set the standard for patient care worldwide, and lead the fight for more effective cancer treatments, increased funding for clinical and translational research, and, ultimately, cures for the many different cancers that strike millions of people around the world every year.

Association of Professional Chaplains
The Association of Professional Chaplains is an interfaith professional pastoral care association of providers of pastoral care endorsed by faith groups to serve persons in physical, spiritual, or mental need in diverse settings throughout the world.

HealthCare Chaplaincy
HealthCare Chaplaincy is a national leader in the research, education, and practice of multifaith patient-centered care. It helps people find meaning and comfort – regardless of religion or beliefs – in stressful health care situations. For nearly 50 years it has collaborated with major academic medical centers and other professional organizations to integrate spiritual care within health care. It is a thought leader for accessible, affordable, and quality palliative care.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
The purpose of the HPNA is to exchange information, experiences, and ideas; to promote understanding of the specialties of hospice and palliative nursing; and to study and promote hospice and palliative nursing research.

Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI)
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is an independent not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI works to accelerate improvement by building the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care, and helping health care systems put those ideas into action.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network
SWHPN is an emerging network of social work organizations and leaders who seek to further the field of end-of-life and hospice/palliative care… in other words, we are advancing the role of the social worker in caring for the seriously ill, providing relief from pain, improving quality of life, supporting family and friends, assisting with difficult decision-making, and help in dealing with trauma, grief and loss.