Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

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Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association

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Agency Name: Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association


Why your gift is needed:

Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association is a statewide partnership that exists to improve the quality of life for all Nebraskans who have chronic conditions or are near the end of life and to support the various communities who care for them. Hospice provides care for all ages and includes a team of professionals to provide support: a doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain (if desired), other specialists as needed and volunteers.

  • Every year, more than 9,000 people receive hospice services in Nebraska.
  • According to the 2017 Nebraska End-of-Life Survey Report:
    • 95% of respondents said they have heard of hospice services, and 37% said they have heard of palliative care.
    • 92% of respondents said they will need someone to know what they want when they die.
    • 29% of respondents have completed a health care power of attorney.
    • 70% of respondents are afraid of dying painfully.
    • 84% of respondents are comfortable with talking about death.

What your gift will do:

  • $10 provides a hospice agency with 100 Palliative Scale worksheets to help Nebraska families determine if their loved ones are ready for hospice care.
  • $25 puts packets on end-of-life care in the waiting rooms of five family practice physicians.
  • $50 gives all Nebraska legislators a copy of the Nebraska End-of-Life Survey Report.
  • $175 provides a scholarship for a hospice professional to attend the "Living a Good the End of Life" Conference.
  • $250 covers expenses related to airing hospice public service announcements on television stations across the state.
  • $1,500 brings expert training to hospice professionals on managing symptoms of hospice patients.

Agency Summary:

  • "Find a Hospice" at allows visitors to search for a Nebraska hospice or palliative care provider by county, city, ZIP code or company name or by downloading a list.
  • NHPCA provides handouts and resources to help people determine if they or a loved one are ready for hospice care. NHPCA also provides resources for physicians related to end-of-life care.
  • NHPCA educates state and federal legislators on hospice and palliative care's vital role in supporting terminally and chronically ill Nebraskans and their families.
  • The annual "Living a Good the End of Life" Conference features a trade show, education sessions, and awards banquet to provide hospice and palliative care professionals with networking opportunities, continuing education, and recognition for their important work. NHPCA offers several scholarships for hospice and palliative care professionals to attend the conference.
  • Professional workshops and webinars keep Nebraska hospice and palliative care providers updated on topics such as symptom management, bereavement, dementia, family dynamics, regulations, and volunteer programs.
  • The Nebraska End-of-Life Survey Report offers a look at our state‚Äôs perceptions on end-of-life issues, such as pain, death, advance directives, and support from family and physicians. The survey has been conducted four times, offering Nebraska the unique opportunity to gauge changes in perceptions over time.
  • The "Hospice lets me be..." outreach campaign focuses on real-life stories to promote hospice benefits, awareness, and connect people with resources.
  • NHPCA places a special focus on bringing awareness to the needs of veterans at the end of life. In partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs, NHPCA leads the Nebraska Hospice-Veteran Partnership to ensure Nebraska's veterans near the end of life receive the best care possible. The Nebraska Hospice-Veteran Partnership Annual Workshop and Meeting brings together hospice professionals for education and networking regarding end-of-life care for Nebraska veterans. NHPCA also distributes lapel pins used by hospice providers in inspirational pinning ceremonies that recognize dying veterans.

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