New York Office: New York Office: P.O. Box 2491, New York, New York 10021 Tel: (212) 639-6398 Email: Claire.Jean.Simon@NGSC.ORG or

Support for the establishment of the Initiative Office at North General Hospital is provided by the

Open Society Institute/Project on Death in America



To serve our vision, the Initiative to Improve Palliative Care for African -Americans (IIPCA) was formed to define and promote a research, education, and policy agenda for the improvement of care for African American patients facing serious illness. Our goals are to:

  1. Educate key stakeholders and leadership organizations in the black community
  2. Build coalitions with palliative care health, education and policy groups
  3. Encourage and support rigorous and innovative educational activities and research
  4. Shape public policy through forums and publications.

The strength of our Initiative lies in the interdisciplinary breadth of perspectives represented and its location within the African American community. We wish to help organizations and individuals find ways in which they can share our vision and work toward improving care offered to our community.



What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the total active care of patients who have received a diagnosis of a serious, life-threatening illness. Aggressive control of pain and other symptoms and attention to the psychological, social and spiritual issues is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. (WHO, 1990)