Recent Advocacy Activity

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association often is asked by elected officials, advocacy partners, its members, and similar nursing organizations to review or determine its position on legislative and regulatory issues. Below, you can view the organizations where HPNA is involved with in advocating for excellence in palliative care nursing.  


National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC)

The NCHPC, formerly known as the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (HPCC), was founded in 2001 by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to create a mutually beneficial framework for shared organizational activities. With the addition of the Association of Professional Chaplains, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), the National Palliative Care Research Center (NCPRC), and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), the NCHPC is designed to focus on common goals while recognizing that each organization has its own unique goals that it may choose to pursue independently.

The goals of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) are to:
  • present a united voice to the public on behalf of providers who care for patients and families living with chronic, debilitating, and life-limiting illnesses,
  • to enhance communication and cooperation among member organizations, to coordinate activities to improve care,
  • to advocate on behalf of patients and families, and
  • to champion public policy and regulatory initiatives.

The Nursing Community
HPNA actively participates in the advocacy activities of The Nursing Community. The Nursing Community is a forum for national professional nursing associations to build consensus and advocate on a wide spectrum of healthcare and nursing issues, including practice, education, and research. Collectively, the Nursing Community is comprised of 58 national nursing organizations that represent over 850,000 practicing nurses, nursing students, and nursing faculty.

The National Quality Forum

HPNA is a proud member of The National Quality Forum. NQF’s membership includes a wide variety of healthcare stakeholders, including consumer organizations, public and private purchasers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, accrediting and certifying bodies, supporting industries, and healthcare research and quality improvement organizations. The breadth and diversity of its membership allows NQF to be well positioned to maintain a constant drumbeat for healthcare quality.

National Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Collaborative

The field of pediatric hospice and palliative care is rapidly growing with a multitude of national organizations spearheading important efforts to develop and promote professional competencies, education and other valuable resources.

Advocacy Sign-On Letters

(Date, Who Letter Is Sent To, Organization, Topic of Letter)


May 9 - National Academies National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Commitment Statement in Support of National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

May 8 - Honorable Lamar Alexander (Chair) & Honorable Patty Murray (Ranking Member) - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Thank you letter for leadership in seeking to address the nation's prescription abuse epidemic

May 2 - Letters to House and Senate, AdvocacySmiths (HPNA signed on as a supporter)
Submit appropriations report language addressing the need for additional funding for research at NIH on palliative care, symptom management and pain in the FY2019L/HHS bill - letters to House and Senate

April 17 - U.S. Pain Foundation (HPNA signed on as a supporter)
Request to include Senator Young proposed legislation for CDC to collect epidemiological data on chronic pain in new opioid bill

April 12 - Honorable Tom Cole, Honorable Rosa DeLauro (House of Reps Appropriations Committee), Nursing Community Coalition
Request for support of $266 million for Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII) and $170 million for National Institute of Nursing Research

April 12 - Honorable Roy Blunt, Honorable Patty Murray (Senate Appropriations Committee), Nursing Community Coalition 
Request for support of $266 million for Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII) and $170 million for National Institute of Nursing Research

April 11 - PQLC (HPNA signed on as a supporter)
Letter to HELP Committee on Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018

March 7 - Nursing Community Coalition (HPNA signed on as a supporter)
Gun Violence Research Act and NINR Funding for FY 2019

February 27 - Honorable Mitch McConnell, Honorable Paul Ryan, Honorable Chuck Schumer, Honorable Nancy Pelosi, American Academy of Nursing
Recommendations for National Commission on Mass Shootings

February 16 - ANA (HPNA signed on as a supporter)
Nursing Now - initiative launched by International Council of Nurses and World Health Organization - aimed at empowering nurses to take their place a the heart of tackling 21st century health challenges

February 8 - Action Item Vote, Nursing Community Coalition
Action Item: Voted unanimously to approve $244 million as funding request for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs in FY 2018

January 16 - Greg Walden, Chairman and Frank Pallone, Member - House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Michael Burgess. Chairman and Gene Green, Member - Subcommittee on Health, Nursing Community Coalition
Request to make Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act a priority for the committee

January 16 - Lamar Alexander, Chairman - Senate Health Education, Labor and Pension Committee and Patty Murray, Member, Nursing Community Coalition
Request to make Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act a priority for the committee