Our Strategic Priorities

  • Advance health equity for patients with serious illness across the lifespan and their caregivers

    All people with serious illness should have access to quality palliative care regardless of their location, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or ability.

  • Advocate for legislative and regulatory policy changes that advance quality palliative care and hospice care 

    The National Coalition HPC will be the lead convener of organizations focused on palliative care and hospice care to be a unified voice at a national level on issues that matter to the interdisciplinary field.

  • Disseminate best practices, research, and data to advance the field

    Patients deserve a primary and specialty workforce and universal quality standards to meet their palliative care and hospice care needs.

  • Create a sustainable foundation for the National Coalition HPC

    Increase pathways and partnerships in the interdisciplinary field to strengthen our work together.


Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

Create a blueprint for excellence by establishing a comprehensive foundation for gold-standard palliative care, including evidence-based processes and practices for providing safe and reliable high-quality care for all people living with serious illness, regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, age or where they live or receive care.


The recent announcement from NIH about new research funding is monumental for the science of palliative care. For the first time, there will be a cross-institute structure at NIH to coordinate research focused on persons with serious illness and their families across the lifespan.

R. Sean Morrison, MD
Board Director

Director, National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC)