The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is committed to champion access to the right care at the right time for all people. Yet, of all patients utilizing hospice in 2013, approximately 8% were identified as black or African American and 7% as Hispanic or Latino.
To help hospice professionals address this disparity in end-of-life care, NHPCO:
- Created a Diversity Advisory Council – a group of hospice and healthcare professionals and experts who will work to increase access to hospice and palliative care services provide information, guidance and technical support to NHPCO and its members related to serving diverse populations with the goal of increasing access to hospice and palliative care service for those who are underserved.
- Updating Inclusion and Access Toolbox Hospice Outreach Guides for: African Americans, Latinos, Chinese Americans, etc.
- Providing consumer resources for diverse populations
- Increasing diversity-focused topics within NHPCO’s End-of-Life(EOL) online education
- Providing in-person trainings for healthcare professionals at NHPCO and other national conferences
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