NHPCO wins $250,000 grant to educate hospice workers

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has received a grant of $250,000 from a court-approved fund benefiting nonprofit organizations in health care, the arts, education, and underserved populations, from Fujitsu Computer Products of America in Sunnyvale, CA.

In December 2006, Fujitsu reported a grant of more than $12 million in Fujitsu products and services to the U.S. hospice community. These grants of technology to 15 hospice providers and NHPCO were part of a $30 million independently managed and court-supervised technology grant program. NHPCO said it would use the grant to increase online and web-based educational opportunities for hospice professionals, support research and policy about quality hospice and palliative care, and expand public understanding of the benefits of end-of-life care.

The organization said that, in addition to receiving the grant, NHPCO is launching its expanded online educational portal for professionals that provides CE courses. Online modules will include clinical topics, management and leadership offerings, and sessions designed to increase capacity of the hospice interdisciplinary team.

NHPCO said additional support will also be available to ongoing research initiatives, its Quality Partners program, and Caring Connections, its consumer-focused initiative that provides information on hospice, advance care planning, and family caregiving.