NASHP Resource Hub: State Strategies to Address Palliative Care

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Critical decisions about health care are often made in moments of extraordinary stress, with limited information and without guidance from family members or established health care providers. These decisions can have unintended results, with individuals suffering unwanted hospitalizations and interventions that do not reflect personal goals or values. 

State health policy leaders see enormous value in palliative care to promote good outcomes and avoid unnecessary and often unwanted and costly treatments. As states weigh how to maintain and provide services in the face of lower revenue and increased demand due to COVID-19, palliative care may be an important – and underutilized – resource. Research by the National Academy for State Health Policy has found striking examples of palliative care implementation, but also significant untapped opportunities for states to improve palliative care access and quality. This continuously expanding Resource Hub, created with generous support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, provides concrete resources for states working to implement and expand high-quality palliative care.


State Leadership Council on Palliative Care

This group of leading state policymakers will provide guidance and input to NASHP in developing resources highlighting promising state policies and practices that states can use to advance palliative care.

Council Members:

  • Icilda Dickerson, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Anastasia Dodson, California Department of Health Care Services
  • Representative Drew Gattine, Maine State House of Representatives
  • Patti Killingsworth, Tennessee Division of TennCare
  • Dawn Lambert, Connecticut Department of Social Services
  • Michelle Miller, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Judy Mohr Peterson, Hawaii Division of Human Services
  • Ana Novais, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Joy Soares, Hawaii Division of Human Services
  • Dena Stoner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Emily Transue, Washington State Health Care Authority

Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about NASHP’s work on palliative care, please contact Wendy Fox-Grage.

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