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The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need.

CAPC is funded through organizational membership and the generous support of foundations and private philanthropy. It is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.

Our Vision

The Center to Advance Palliative Care is an organization with a simple vision: Palliative care everywhere.

And we carry out our mission and vision in a variety of ways:

• Improving the knowledge and skills of all clinicians who serve seriously ill patients and their families

• Supporting health care organizations to reliably deliver high-quality palliative care to patients and families in need across all care settings

• Helping the public understand—and know to ask for—palliative care when they are diagnosed with a serious illness

• Educating policymakers about high-value care models for the population living with a serious illness

• Collaborating with health plans, accountable care organizations, large insurance purchasers, and other stakeholders to ensure reliable financing of palliative care services

• Promoting adherence to national quality standards in the care of patients with serious illness

We do this as a catalyst for change. Serving as a convening, organizing, and disseminating force, we collaborate with leaders, innovators, and partners across the continuum of care to foster connection and cross-fertilization.

Our History

Established in late 1999 as a National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Center to Advance Palliative Care was created in order to improve the care of people living with serious illness and their families. For two decades, CAPC has led the growth in sustainable, high-quality palliative care programs and the standardization of best practice, the process of which aims to rapidly facilitate the translation of a growing body of evidence to implementation in the real world of clinical practice.

Since 2006, CAPC has been supported by a consortium of foundations and private philanthropy. In 2015, CAPC became a membership organization in order to achieve the scale needed to support the expansion of palliative care across the full spectrum of care delivery.