Improve Equitable Delivery of Hospice & Palliative Care Services
Disproportionately under resourced communities experience great challenges in the face of serious illness. Furthermore, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, culture, trauma history, and other factors also impact patient care and patient experience when approaching the end of life. Hospice and palliative care providers, like all health professionals, have a unique opportunity to lead in achieving health equity by establishing trust and alleviating suffering for historically oppressed or excluded patients.
IL-HPCO seeks to partner with Illinois policy makers in forging new paths for racial and health equity in palliative and hospice care, including support for training diverse staff members, utilizing community health workers to engage seriously ill individuals, and a commitment to delivering care when and where needed for all Illinoisans.
Create a Strategic Plan for Aging Equity
Illinois’s population is aging which will have widespread impacts on everyone in our state over the coming decades. Residents of Illinois will benefit if policy makers and the private sector work together to develop and adopt a comprehensive, coordinated, long-term approach to aging. This plan should help enable older adults to remain living in their homes and communities, access transportation, afford housing, enjoy recreation, retain employment, maximize health, and support family caregiving.
IL-HPCO supports Illinois Aging Together, a coalition that seeks to establish an Aging Equity Planning Commission to develop a Strategic Action Plan for Aging Equity in Illinois.