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601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049

AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services that are provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including "Modern Maturity" magazine and the monthly Bulletin. Experienced volunteers throughout the country also address these areas.

AgeNet, LLC
644-A West Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703

AgeNet is a comprehensive Internet-based eldercare information and referral network that provides problem-solving products and services to the senior and adult caregiver market, geriatric professionals and related businesses. "Bridging the distance(TM)" between aging parents and their adult children to provide long distance caregiving solutions, AgeNet works to link both national and local providers of older adult services with caregivers from all over the country.

ALS Association
Contact: Mary Lyon, Vice President, Patient Services 27001 Agoura Rd
Suite 150
Calabasas Hills, CA 91301
(818) 880-9007

The ALSA Association (ALSA) is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. Quality of life for ALS patients and their families is paramount. ALSA helps patients and families cope with the day-to-day challenges of living with ALS and remaining physically and emotionally independent. ALSA provides information and education opportunities to health care professionals so that they may better recognize and understand ALS and the needs of ALS patients. ALSA's volunteer network is on the frontline in the battle against ALS, carrying out "hands on" programs for patients, their families and caregivers.

Alzheimer's Association
919 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60611-1676
(800) 272-3900
(312) 335-8700 fax

The Alzheimer's Association promotes research to find the cause, treatment, and the preventions for the disease. They provide educational and training programs for the public and health care professionals. They advocate with government, health and social service agencies for the rights of individual with the disease and to ensure care is affordable and of the highest quality.

American Academy of Family Physicians
Contact: Marla Sutton
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211
(800) 274-2237

AAFP is a national, non-profit medical association of more than 88,000 members. AAFP was founded in 1947 to promote and maintain high quality standards for family doctors who are providing continuing comprehensive healthcare to the public. A half century later, it has grown to become one of the largest medical organizations in the U.S., with chapters in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam, as well as international members throughout the world.

American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
Contact: Richard Muir
4700 W. Lake Street
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 375-4761

Originally organized as the Academy of Hospice Physicians in 1988, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the only organization in the United States for physicians dedicated to the advancement of hospice/palliative medicine, its practice, research and education. In order to implement its philosophy, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine accepted the mission to: Take an active role in the future education of physicians, informing and educating practicing physicians about appropriate care of the dying patient, bringing the hospice philosophy of care into the medical school curriculum, and participating in research aimed at improving all aspects of patient care.

American Alliance of Cancer Pain Initiatives
Contact: June Dahl, PhD
1300 University Avenue, Room 4720
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-4013

In the twelve years since the first state Cancer Pain Initiative was formed in Wisconsin, the Initiative concept has grown in strength and visibility and has become a significant force for change in the way cancer pain is managed in the American health care system. Initiatives are now in various stages of development in all fifty states. In April 1996, Initiative participants endorsed the formation of a national organization to support and coordinate the activities of Initiatives across the country. The mission is to promote cancer pain relief nationwide.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Contact: Anne Rhome
One Dupont Circle Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 463-6930
As the national voice for baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education programs, AACN serves the public interest by assisting deans and directors to improve and advance nursing education, research and practice.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Contact: Megan Whalen, RN, MS
101 Columbia
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 362-2050

AACN was established in 1969 as a not-for-profit association designed to help educate nurses working in newly developed intensive care units. Since that time, AACN has grown to become the world's largest specialty nursing association. AACN is dedicated to meeting the needs of its 68,000 members who care for acutely and critically ill patients and families.

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Contact: Judith Peres
901 E Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004-2011
(202) 508-9451

AAHSA comprises more than 5,300 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities, and community service organizations. More than half of AAHSA's members are religiously sponsored. Every day, AAHSA members serve one million older persons across the country.

American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC)
Contact: Roy Woodruff
Executive Director
9504A Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22031-2303
(703) 385-6967
(703) 352-7725 fax

AAPC is an interfaith, professional association of clergy and other religiously endorsed professionals with education and training in counseling as well as religious studies. AAPC sets standards for the practice of pastoral counseling, examines and certifies persons in pastoral counseling, establishes criteria and accredits pastoral counseling centers and training programs, maintains a Code of Ethics, and promotes the disciplined ministry of pastoral counseling.

American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
Contact: Lois Snyder, JD
190 North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 351-2835

The ACP-ASIM is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Its mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP-ASIM membership includes over 110,000 doctors of internal medicine and its subspecialties. Its End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel is issuing a number of policy statements to improve care of the dying. The College develops ethics and public policy statements on a variety of issues and does physician education on these issues as well. The college publishes journals and books. Its flagship journal is Annals of Internal Medicine, the most widely cited medical specialty journal in the world.

American Geriatric Society
Contact: Pam Ingram
Director of Community Relations
770 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300
New York, NY 10021
(212) 308-1414

Founded in 1942, the AGS is a nationwide, not-for-profit association of geriatrics health care professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older adults. AGS supports this mission through activities in clinical practice, professional education on the clinical care of older people, research, public education and information, public policy, and through collaborative relationships with other organizations. AGS is committed to establishing a diverse, interdisciplinary membership that includes physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers, psychiatrists, and other health care professionals.

American Health Decisions
Contact: John Stanley, PhD
c/o 812 S.W. 10th Avenue, Suite 203
Portland, OR 97205

AHD is a national coalition of citizens' groups concerned about ethical issues in health care. A non-profit organization, AHD helps people understand health care choices, articulate the values that shape them, and participate in the health policy progress.

American Hospital Association
Contact: Carol Pearson Schadelbauer
Liberty Place 325 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2802
(202) 626-2342

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care, and 37,000 individuals. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA web site at

American Medical Association
Contact: Kathryn A. Meshenberg
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 464-5435

Founded over 150 years ago, AMA's strategic agenda remains rooted in their historic commitment to standards, ethics, excellence in medical education and practice, and advocacy on behalf of the medical profession and the patients it serves.

American Medical Student Association
Contact: Tim Clarke, Jr.
Director of Public Relations
1902 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 620-6600 ext. 207
(703) 620-5873 fax

AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians in training. Founded in 1950 to provide medical students a chance to participate in organized medicine, AMSA believes that health care is a basic right, and focuses on the medically underserved, inequities in our health care system and related issues in medical education.

American Medical Women's Association
Contact: Kelli Mills
801 Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-0500

AMWA is a national organization of 10,000 women physicians and medical students. The association is dedicated to promoting women's health, improving the professional development and personal well being of its members, and increasing the influence of women in all aspects of the medical profession. AMWA has more than 80 local physician branches and more than 120 student branches nationwide.

American Nurses Association
Contact: Angela Thompson
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Suite 100 West
Washington, DC 20024-2571
(202) 651-7000

The ANA is a full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.6 million registered nurses through its 53 constituent state associations and 13 organizational affiliate members. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

American Osteopathic Association
Contact: John B. Crosby, JD
142 East Ontario
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: (312) 202-8002

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is organized to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine by promoting excellence in education, research, and the delivery of quality, cost-effective healthcare in a distinct, unified profession.

American Pain Society
Contact: Catherine Underwood
4700 West Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025
Tel: (847) 375-4874
The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary educational and scientific organization dedicated to serving people in pain. The society was founded in 1978 now includes more than 3,200 physicians, nurses, psychologists, dentists, scientists, pharmacologists, therapists and social workers who research and treat pain and advocate for patients with pain.

American Psychiatric Association
Contact: John Blamphin
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 682-6138

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society representing more than 38,000 psychiatrists nationwide. Its members share a common interest in the continuing study of psychiatry and the search for more effective ways to combat mental illness.

Americans for Better Care of the Dying
Contact:Dennis Barbour
4125 Albemarle Street, NW
Suite 210
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 895-9485

ABCD is a non-profit education and public advocacy organization dedicated to assuring that the seriously ill and dying will live the ends of their lives with comfort and without fear. ABCD works to assure 21st century innovation and excellence in patient centered end-of-life health care; proposes reforms to medical and health professional education to include appropriate care and meaningful management of the special needs of the seriously ill and dying; and leads end-of-life advocacy initiatives at the federal, state, and community level.

Association of Academic Health Centers
Contact: Marian Osterweis
1400 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 265-9600

The AAHC is a national, nonprofit organization comprising more than 100 institutional members in the United States that are the health complexes of major universities. AAHC members are the nation's primary resources for education in the health professions, biomedical and health services research, and many aspects of patient care.

Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS)
Jodi Lyons
316 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20003-1175
(202) 543-7500
(202) 543-4090 fax

The Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) represents virtually all of the not-for-profit Jewish long term care systems, housing facilities and services to the Jewish elderly in the United States and Canada. Aside from our on going advocacy work here in Washington, AJAS assists its members by providing a wide array of information, consultation, guidance and educational services.

The Association of Oncology Social Work
Virginia Vaitones,MSW
Communication Chair, AOSW
4700 W. Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025-1485
(847) 375-4721
(847) 375-6321 fax

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer and their families. Created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology and by existing national cancer organizations, AOSW is an expanding force of psychosocial oncology professionals. The mission of the Association of Oncology Social Work is to promote excellence in psychosocial oncology by offering educational programs that support clinical, administrative and research skill development; advocating for programs and policies that provide psychosocial care to patients and families; and providing a valuable resource network to our members.

Association of Professional Chaplains
Contact: Josephine N. Schrader
Executive Administrator
1701 Woodfield Road, Suite 311
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 240-1014
(847) 240-1015 fax

Association of Professional Chaplains is an interfaith association of providers of pastoral care endorsed by faith groups to serve person in physical, mental, spiritual or social need in diverse settings. The APC promotes excellence in pastoral care and counseling through education, research, standards of care, certification and support of members and seeks the integration of professional pastoral and skilled spiritual care into the total care provided to all persons.

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