About the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

About the Center to Advance Palliative Care

Palliative care experts and program leaders discuss how the Center to Advance Palliative Care has helped support their palliative care teams.

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is the nation’s leading resource for palliative care development and growth.

As a national, member-based organization, we provide hospitals, health systems, hospices, payers and other health care organizations with the tools, training, technical assistance and metrics needed to support the successful implementation and integration of palliative care. 

We do this not only by providing the training, tools and technical assistance clinicians need, but also as a catalyst to change. Serving as a convening, organizing and dissemination force for the field, we collaborate with leaders, innovators and partners to foster connection and cross-fertilization. We also promote public awareness through our site, getpalliativecare.org.  And, we collect and provide essential metrics through the National Palliative Care Registry.

CAPC is supported by foundations, private philanthropy and membership. We are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Our History

Established in late 1999 as a National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), CAPC was created in order to improve the care of patients within the health care system. CAPC lead the development of standards for palliative care programs by providing technical assistance to developing palliative care, allowing individual clinicians and institutions to adopt, adapt and operationalize findings and measures from research settings to the real world of clinical practice. Since 2006, CAPC has been supported by a consortium of foundations and individual philanthropists, allowing CAPC to grow into a leading resource for palliative care. 


In 2015, CAPC transitioned to a membership organization in order to achieve the scale needed to increase demand and to support expanding palliative care across the spectrum of care delivery. Over 900 individual health care entities have subscribed to CAPC’s membership model. This continues the expansion of efforts to increase the availability of palliative care services throughout the nation.   

Our Mission

The Center to Advance Palliative Care is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people living with serious illness.

Our Vision

CAPC is an organization with a simple vision – palliative care everywhere.

We carry out our mission and vision in three ways:

  1. Improving the knowledge and skills of all clinicians who serve seriously ill patients and their families
  2. Helping health organizations to reliably support and deliver high quality palliative care to patients and families in need
  3. Increasing public understanding of palliative care so that all patients and families will know to ask for it when faced with a serious illness

About CAPC Membership

Member organizations can access all CAPC courses, webinars, virtual office hours, topic-specific discussion forums and more. CAPC Designation is also available to all frontline clinicians. To log in to CAPC Central, members please  click here.  To become a member organization, click here.