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Oncology Nursing Society
Special Contact: Karen Stanley
501 Holiday Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15220-2749
(412) 921-7373
(909) 624-4816

ONS is a national organization of more than 29,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching, research, administration and education in the field of oncology. The mission of ONS is to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care. ONS works to fulfill this mission by providing nurses and healthcare professionals with access to the highest quality educational programs, cancer care resources, research opportunities, and networks for peer support. The vision of ONS is to lead the transformation of cancer care. ONS pursues this vision by initiating and actively supporting educational, legislative, and public awareness efforts to improve the care of people with cancer.

Partnership for Caring: America's Voices for the Dying
Contact: Karen Orloff Kaplan, MPH, ScD
President and CEO
1035 30th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 338-9790
(202) 338-0242 fax

Partnership for Caring: America's Voices for the Dying is a not-for-profit coalition of consumers and health care professionals. Its goals are to increase consumers' expectations about care at the end-of-life and to help them attain that care. Among other programs, it helps people select health care agents and helps their agents make good decisions for them. Partnership also provides a wide variety of materials and programs about end-of-life issues for consumers and professionals.

Project on Death in America
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

PDIA is a program of the Open Society Institute, a private operating and grantmaking foundation. PDIA's mission is to understand and transform the culture and experience of dying and bereavement through initiatives in research, scholarship, the humanities, and the arts, and to foster innovations in the provision of care, public education, professional education, and public policy. PDIA has funded several initiatives which include: the PDIA Faculty Scholars Program; Professional Initiatives in Nursing, Social Work, and Pastoral Care; Arts and Humanities; Public Policy; Legal; and Community based Initiatives. Please refer to the PDIA web site for current funding initiatives.

Promoting Excellence in End-Of-Life Care
Contact: Julie Emnett
Director of Communications: Public Relations/Outreach
Practical Ethics Center
The University of Montana
1000 E. Beckwith
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6668

The Promoting Excellence in End-Of-Life Care National Program Office (NPO) is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This $12 million initiative was established to foster long term changes in health care institutions to improve care for the dying. To date, the NPO has funded 22 innovative projects of national significance, selected primarily for their likely ability to substantially improve the quality of care for terminally ill people and their families. These projects will improve access to comprehensive palliative care across a full range of clinical settings for patients with a terminal prognosis.

Public Agenda
6 E. 39th Street
New York, N.Y. 10016
(212) 686-6610

Public Agenda is a national nonpartisan public opinion research organization whose website contains indepth information on the right to die. Publications include: At Death's Door: What are the Choices?. by Michael deCourcy Hinds (A National Issues Forums book).

Service Corporation International (SCI)
Contact: Liz Bradley, M.A.
Corporate Education and Communications
1929 Allen Parkway, 2nd floor
Houston, TX 77019
(727) 446-2375
(727) 562-2022 fax

Service Corporation International is a network of 1500 funeral homes and 400 cemeteries throughout North America. This network was created to offer quality funeral, cemetery, and cremation services with care, compassion and dignity. Service Corporation International affiliates provide community care resources and programs that offer support to our communities prior to, at the time of, and following a loss

Shepherd's Centers of America
Contact: Elbert C. Cole, PhD
1 West Armour Boulevard, Suite 201
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 960-2022
(816) 960-1083 fax

Shepherd's Centers of America is a network of more than 100 centers across the country devoted to education and counseling about issues such as the meaning of life and the role and function of older adults in our society. Shepherd's Centers' educational and health programs are built on four pillars: the maintenance, the enrichment, the reorganization and the celebration of life.

Society for Health Care Consumer Advocacy
Contact: Jake Eisle
1 North Franklin Street 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

The mission of the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy is to lead the advancement of healthcare consumer advocacy by supporting the role of professionals who represent and advocate for consumers across the healthcare continuum.

Society of Critical Care Medicine
Contact: Lisa Parks
8101 East Kaiser Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92808-2243
Tel: (714) 282-6032

SCCM is a multidisciplinary, international organization whose mission is to secure the highest quality care for all critically ill patients. Project IMPACT, SCCM's national ICU patient registry and critical care database, is designed to meet the data collection and analysis needs of critical care practitioners. SCCM established the American College of Critical Care Medicine, the first honorary society for critical care practitioners. Nearly 500 critical care practitioners are members.

Study Circles Resource Center
P.O. Box 203
Pomfret, CT 06258

Study circles are small group, democratic, highly participatory discussions, which allow citizens to analyze a problem or a challenge that their community faces. In the study circle process, citizens discuss their firsthand knowledge of an issue, examine different views and solutions, and draw on those experiences and insights to decide what practical measures should be taken. SCRC offers free assistance to communities and organizations that are implementing study circles.

Supportive Care of the Dying: A Coalition for Compassionate Care
Contact: Sylvia McSkimming, PhD, RN
c/o Providence Health System
4805 NE Glisan 2E07
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 215-5053

Supportive Care of the Dying is a Catholic healthcare ministry advocate that provides holistic compassionate care where death is integrated as a phase of living. It seeks to promote development and testing of innovative models, practices and processes that produce sustained measurable improvement in healthcare delivery systems and structures for persons impacted by life-threatening illnesses.

Visiting Nurse Associations of America
Contact: Carolyn Markey, RN
11 Beacon Street, Suite 910
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 523-4042

The mission of the VNAA is to support, promote and advance VNAs in their mission to serve their communities.

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