One of the most important tasks of the Association is to bring together hospice and palliative professionals and provide a link between those providing end-of-life care to those making public policy decisions which affect that work. The Association provides training and resources for Members on key legislative issues both in Michigan and, in partnership with the Hospice Action Network, on a national level.
Join the HPCAM Public Policy Committee for in-depth discussions of public policy affecting hospice, end-of-life and advance care planning.
The Association encourages hospice and palliative care providers to develop relationships with local policy makers. Invite them to your office, tour your
facilities, meet with families and volunteers and provide them with education
about the value your program brings to members of your community.
Some ideas to get you started on your
grassroots advocacy efforts!
- Participate in a town hall meeting hosted by
your Representative or Senator. Raise
your issues publicly during or after the meeting. Introduce yourself, and thank
them for their support of hospice.
- Have a meeting or an open house at your
facility. This might include a group of consumers, caregivers and employees,
who can talk about the type of care provided, and the value of hospice. Ask
your Representatives and Senators to speak to the group. If the staff for the
Member of Congress agrees, invite the media to attend, and take photos.
- Put a face on hospice. Show your legislators the
faces of hospice – your patients and their constituents – through videos,
photographs and testimonials about what hospice care means to them.
- Write letters to the editor to your local
newspapers. Emphasize the value of hospice care in your community. Describe how
your local legislators support consumer-preferred, cost-effective hospice
- Launch a letter and/or call in campaign. The more calls
and letters received on particular topics, the more lawmakers pay
attention. Get your staff, volunteers
and board involved and make the call or send the letter/email.
- Be a knowledgeable resource on health care
policy and hospice issues. Keep updated on the latest developments involving
hospice care at the local, state and federal levels. Use the Hospice Action
Network and HPCAM web sites as a resources.