Shaping the Future Campaign
AAHPM Continues to Shape the Future of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
The Shaping the Future Campaign helped to define the future of hospice and palliative medicine, raising over $1.1 million from generous supporters. While established as a development platform, the campaign has also helped the Academy consider its mission and sustainability focus. Funds from the campaign are now being deployed for a variety of innovative projects identified by committees and approved by the Board of Directors.
Recent projects include
- International Physician Scholarship: With support from AAHPM, more physicians who reside in developing countries are able to attend the Annual Assembly and access the latest clinical information and research updates in hospice and palliative care from leading experts.
- Fellowship Program Grants and Support: Monies from the fund helped to defray the costs for participants to attend a workshop at the Annual Assembly on addressing the challenges of palliative medicine fellowship programs. In addition, new AAHPM Fellowship Grants, supported by Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation and the Gentiva Hospice Foundation, have increased funding to programs over the past two years.
- Advocacy Projects: Campaign dollars allowed AAHPM to increase the number of members who participated in Capitol Hill Days and also helped the Academy assess its current advocacy operations and provide a plan for growing its grassroots capacity.
While the campaign has formally ended, AAHPM will continue to provide updates and progress in advancing workforce, advocacy and education goals on behalf of hospice and palliative medicine. Many thanks to all members who pledged support and continue to give to this effort—you are truly making a difference!
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Rebecca Aslakson, MD PhD, received one of 10 scholarships through the newly created AAHPM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Lecture Series to present at the Annual Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. These campaign-funded scholarships support members who have been accepted to present at conferences where hospice and palliative medicine content typically is not on the educational agenda.
Bishnu Dutta Paudel, MD, was one of more than 20 AAHPM Developing Countries Scholars supported since the program’s inception in 2011. More than 300 applications have been submitted. This program provides registration and travel assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to attend the AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly. Shaping the Future campaign donations nearly doubled the number of scholars for 2014.
Kimberly Curseen, MD, was one of 30 members invited to participate in AAHPM’s Capitol Hill Days, thanks to the Shaping the Future campaign, which enabled the Academy to support an increase in number of participants by nearly one-third. This annual event brings members to Washington, DC, to advance the Academy’s public policy priorities with lawmakers and key agency officials and encourage policymakers to consider the unique needs of patients and families facing serious illness as they develop healthcare policy.