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The Health Care Chaplaincy
Contact: Rev. Dr. Walter J. Smith, S.J.
307 East 60th Street New York, NY 10022
(212) 644-1111

The HealthCare Chaplaincy is a multifaith center for health related pastoral care, education and research. It is the largest pastoral education center of its kind in the United States. More than 300 students from more than 30 faith groups engage in pastoral education in the course of a year. Its innovative model for pastoral care, education, and research has drawn national attention.

Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association
Contact: Marty Ayers, PhD
Medical Center East, Suite 375
211 North Whitfield
Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3031
(412) 361-2470

The purpose of the HNPA is to promote excellence in end-of-life nursing. This is accomplished by studying, researching and exchanging information, experiences and ideas leading to improved nursing practice. The HPNA encourages nurses to specialize in the practice of hospice and palliative nursing and fosters the professional development of nurses, individually and collectively. It also is responsive to the changing needs of HPNA members and the populations they represent. HPNA works to promote the recognition of hospice and palliative care as essential components throughout the health care system.

Hospice Association of America
Contact: Karen Woods
228 7th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-4759
(202) 547-9559 fax

HAA is a national organization representing more than 2,800 hospices and thousands of caregivers and volunteers who serve terminally ill patients and their families. HAA is the largest lobbying group for hospice, advocating the industry's interests before Congress, the regulatory agencies, other national organizations, the courts, the media, and the public.

Hospice Foundation of America
Contact: Lisa McGahey Veglahn
Vice President
2001 S Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 638-5419
(202) 638-5312 fax

HFA is a non-profit, grassroots foundation dedicated to providing leadership in the application of hospice principles, informing the public about end-of-life care, and training health care workers and the families they serve. HFA resources include a National Teleconference, videotapes, books, newsletters, and educational brochures to aid those facing illness, loss, and grief.

Institute of Noetic Sciences
Contact: Celeste Smeland
Director of Community Programs
475 Gate Five Road, Suite 300
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-5650
(415) 331-5673 fax

IONS is a nonprofit membership organization with 50,000 members worldwide that both conducts and sponsors research into the workings and powers of the mind. IONS educates the public about the latest findings through their publications, conferences, and website. They also support community building by providing ways for members and colleagues to share their experience and ideas with one another through community groups, online discussion groups, their Pathfinding Project, and other networking opportunities.

Last Acts Campaign
Contact: Shawn Taylor Zelman
1951 Kidwell Drive, Suite 205
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 827-8772
(703) 827-0783 fax

Last Acts is a national campaign to engage both health professionals and the public in efforts to improve care at the end of life. It is part of a larger movement involving various disciplines that addresses end-of-life concerns at the national, state and community levels.

Lutheran Services in America
Contact: Joanne Negstad
2177 Youngman Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116-3042
(800) 664-3848
(651) 696-0338 fax

LSA is an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and their 280 human service organizations. LSA is a national network of social service and long term care programs serving people, regardless of race, religion, gender or creed. These ministries of hope and healing serve nearly 2 million persons a year, spend over $3.2 billion each year, and are delivered in over 3000 communities through the ministries of nearly 100,000 employees and like numbers of volunteers.

Midwest Bioethics Center
Contact: Myra Christopher
1021-1025 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, MO 64105-1329
(816) 221-1100

The Midwest Bioethics Center is a community-based center established in 1984. The Center serves as the hub of a multidimensional initiative to address ethical issues and moral dilemmas of health care decision making and policy, particularly as they relate to improving care for seriously ill and dying patients. A staff of 28 ethicists, nurses, attorneys, clergy, physicians and others work on issues such as patient rights, managed care ethics and advance care planning with numerous local, state and national organizations.

National Association for Home Care
Contact: Janet Neigh
228 Seventh Street
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-7424

NAHC is a trade association that represents the interests of more than 6,000 home care agencies, hospices, and home care aide organizations. Its members are primarily corporations or other organizational entities in addition to state home care associations, medical equipment suppliers, and schools. NAHC also offers individual memberships. Increasingly, professionals such as social workers, nurses, and physical therapists who are employed by home care agencies or are interested in the home care field are joining one of the forums established by NAHC to serve the specific needs of these fields.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Contact: Adrienne Dern, Deputy Director
927 15th Street, NW 6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 296-8130
(202) 296-8134 fax

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) is the umbrella organization for the 655 area agencies on aging (AAAs) and more than 230 Title VI Native American aging programs in the U.S. Through its presence in Washington, D.C., N4A advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and supportive services are available to older Americans. The fundamental mission of the AAAs and Title VI programs is to provide services which make it possible for older individuals to remain in their home, thereby preserving their independence and dignity.

National Association of Catholic Chaplains
Contact: Rev. James Driscoll
Executive Director
3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 07473
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 483-4898
(414) 483-6712 fax

The NACC is an association of pastoral ministers who participate in the church's mission of healing. Our mission is to promote professional development and support services for our members. We respond to the signs of the times prophetically and collaborate with others who share our mission.

National Association of Counties
Contact: Sandy Markwood
Deputy Director, County Services Department
National Association of Counties
440 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 942-4235
(202) 737-0480 fax

The National Association of Counties (NACo) was founded in 1935 and is the only national organization in the country that represents county governments. Among the different departments at NACo is the County Services Department which provides county officials with a wealth of expertise and services in a broad range of subject areas, including environmental programs, human services, housing, welfare to work initiatives, county governance and community infrastructure.

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems
Contact: Stephen Moskey
1212 New York Avenue, NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202)-408-0223

The NAPH, founded in 1981, represents more than 100 hospitals and health systems that together comprise the essential infrastructure of many of America's metropolitan health systems. NAPH members annually provide approximately 1.4 million inpatient admissions and 23 million outpatient visits. They provide more than one quarter of all uncompensated care in the United States even though collectively they represent less than 2% of all hospitals. NAPH activities include research, policy development, advocacy and education.

National Black Church Family Council
Contact: Reverend Joe Davis
PO Box 2143
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
(205) 340-1417
(205) 391-2033 fax

The National Black Church Family Council (NBCFC) was created to develop and implement Spiritually-based health education and training programs within the context of the culture and tradition of the black community. Composed of representatives, both clergy and laypersons, from interfaith community churches, business, schools and organizations, the NBCFC has formed the ministering concept: "Congregation Health," that improves the availability and quality of health information to black churches.

National Consumers League
Contact: Sara Cooper
Executive Vice President
1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 835-3323
(202) 835-0747 fax

The National Consumers League is a private, non-profit membership organization. Since 1899, the League has worked to identify, protect, represent and advance the economic and social interests of consumers and workers. The League's primary areas of concern include health care, consumer fraud, child labor, financial services, and food and drug safety.

National Council of Catholic Women
Contact: Annette Kane
1275 K Street, NW, Suite 975
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 506-9407
(202) 682-0334
(202) 682-0338 fax

NCCW is a federation of 6000 Catholic women's organizations representing millions of Catholic women across the country. The organization acts through affiliates to support, educate and empower all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service.

National Council of Churches
Roy T. Lloyd
Broadcast News Director
Room 850
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115
Phone: (212) 870-2312
Fax: (212) 870-2030

The National Council of Churches is the pre-eminent ecumenical agency in the United States. The Councilšs 35-member communions have 52,000,000 members. The Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican church bodies work together to promote peace and justice, further Christian unity and serve people throughout the world.

National Family Caregivers Association
10400 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, MD 20895-3944
(800) 896-3650
(301) 942-2302 fax

The NFCA is an association of individual caregivers, family friends, professionals, affiliated organizations and health care providers who work to meet the needs of family caregivers and improve the quality of life of America's family caregivers. NFCA offers educational and supportive materials for caregivers and health professionals, conducts public awareness campaigns, compiles statistics and speaks up for the rights of family caregivers.

National Federation of Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
Contact: Michele Malone
1 West Armour, Suite 202
Kansas City, MO 64111
(800) 350-7438
(816) 931-5202 fax

Founded in 1987, the NFIVC mission is to develop and support Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving programs in every community. Through its 1100 plus member programs the NFIVC helps organize human compassion into caring act of service for anyone who is chronically ill, frail, or alone. Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving (IVC) programs assure that thousands of people are relieved each day of suffering and loneliness. An IVC can provide a ride to the doctor, help with yard work, financial management, respite care, or other helpful service from a friendly phone call to sophisticated guardianship support. The IVC volunteers furnish a loving safety net unlike any other.

National Friends of Public Broadcasting
Contact: Beverly Lundquist
c/o Friends of Thirteen
825 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 560-2800
(212) 560-2091 fax

National Friends of Public Broadcasting is an organization whose purpose is to encourage and act as a resource for local volunteer groups working on behalf of public broadcasting stations within their home communities. It assists in developing support at the local level and an informed constituency for public broadcasting that will serve both the station and the community.

National Funeral Directors Association
13625 Bishop's Drive
Brookfield, WI 53005

NFDA is the world's oldest and largest funeral service organization representing nearly 14,000 funeral directors. The goal of the association is to assist its members in providing the highest quality, most ethical service possible to funeral service consumers. The association is a primary resource for consumer information relating to making funeral arrangements, funeral services and death, dying and bereavement. The association provides its members with research and information, education, public relations and government relations services.

National Health Council
Contact: Dee Ellison
Director of Communication
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-4505
(800) 684-6814 or (202) 785-3910
(202) 785-5923 fax

The National Health Council is a private, nonprofit, umbrella organization of more than 100 national health-related organizations. Its core membership includes over 40 of the nation's leading voluntary health agencies, also called patient-based organizations, which are groups representing people with chronic diseases and/or disabilities. Other Council members are professional and membership associations, nonprofit organizations with an interest in health, and businesses and industry groups.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Contact: Angela Thimis
Communications Director
1700 Diagonal Road
Suite 300
Alexandria VA 22314
(703) 837-3129
(703) 525-5762 fax

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. For free consumer brochures, "Communicating your end-of-life wishes," "Hospice Care: A Consumer's Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program," "Hospice Care and the Medicare Hospice Benefit" log on to www.hospice For additional information or to locate local hospice and palliative care programs across the country, call NHPCO's toll-free Helpline at (800) 658-8898 or log on to www. database.htm.

National Issues Forums Network
Contact: Carol Farquhar
100 Commons Road
Dayton, Ohio 45459-2777
(800) 433-7834
(937) 439-9804 fax

National Issues Forum is a nationwide nonpartisan network of civic and educational organizations dedicated to examining our fundamental political and social problems through a series of community forums or town meetings using public deliberations as a means to address serious issues facing communities and the nation.

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