News & Resources

2019; Volume 20, No 10, October

News & Resources

Apply for an IAHPC Traveling Scholarship to the 2020 ALCP Congress in Costa Rica

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care is pleased to announce that it will provide Traveling Scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the X Latin American Congress of Palliative Care in San Jose, Costa Rica, from March 25-28, 2020. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2019. Results will be announced in early January.

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome.

Application for Traveling Scholarships is open to IAHPC members in good standing. (Not a member? Join IAHPC!)

Successful applicants must be current members at the time of the congress to access the award.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

This program offers funding for travel and registration only; applicants will need to secure funding from other sources to cover additional expenses.

Visit the IAHPC website for detailed information about the application process or to fill out an application form. If you have any questions about how to apply for a Traveling Scholarship, please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Programs Officer at [email protected].

* Writing and submitting an abstract can be a challenge. Remember that IAHPC members have unlimited online access to the CINAHL database, including downloads of full text articles from leading journals, to help in their research.

Win a $2,000 IAHPC Traveling Grant during Member Appreciation Month!

IAHPC benefits every day from the hard work of our members who are devoted to the advancement of hospice and palliative care worldwide. Members exemplify a continuing commitment to patient care, improved education, and favorable policies consistent with our mission.

October is our Members’ Recognition Month, when we highlight the vital function that our members play in the advancement of our mission and formally acknowledge their support.

Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category described below.

1. Recognizing Loyalty

2. Increasing Membership

Winners will be announced and featured in this newsletter.

IAHPC Rated a Top Nonprofit By Those Who Know It Best

IAHPC has been named a 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit by the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofit organizations, GreatNonprofits.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is the based on the rating and number of reviews from each organization’s volunteers, donors, and aid recipients. As of September 25, 2019, IAHPC had received 96 very positive reviews.

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofit organizations. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities.

The complete list of 2019’s Great Nonprofits will be published online on October 31.

Prepare to Embrace Global Giving

The IAHPC is joining the Global GivingTuesday Movement again this year, taking place on December 3.

GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilize to show up, give back, and improve their communities.

Your donation to IAHPC helps relieve serious health-related suffering, particularly in vastly underserved regions. Donations help IAHPC to tirelessly push governments to enact palliative care policies and fund palliative care services, to support individuals who advocate for and provide palliative care, and to work with organizations to relieve suffering to the greatest extent possible for those most in need.

The goal of GivingTuesday is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet. As we get closer to December 3, watch this space for more details.

Love Is Listening: Dispelling the loneliness of dementia

The art of really listening — an active, conscious act done with an open heart and mind — to those with dementia can be transformative. It has the power to dispel the emotional isolation intrinsic to the disease, while enriching listeners themselves.

“This documentary [Love Is Listening] is a gift to humanity,” says the author of Still Alice, Lisa Genova.

That is the guiding light of Memory Bridge, which began as a short-term initiative in 2005 in Chicago: at-risk teens visited elders with dementia over several weeks, forming relationships that turned out to be remarkably beneficial to both groups.

Memory Bridge has grown to connect more than 4,000 teens with elders, and extended its scope to welcome listeners of any age to its three-day “I Am A Bridge” training sessions. It also invites 12 people, from among applicants globally, to its annual retreat in Indiana to learn how the program works.

This year, it reached out even further by collaborating on a film, Love Is Listening: Dementia Without Loneliness (see the trailer). The film “shows us that listening is not so much an activity as a quality of presence,” says Chris Asprey, development officer of L’Arche UK. It is “an urgent reminder of what makes life noble, precious, and worthwhile.”

The film was chosen, from among thousands, for screening at the 2019 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, which aims to “bridge cultures through education and the arts.”

Each month, we publish a selection of items that may be of interest to our global readership. Contributions are welcomed; we reserve the right to edit content.

Please also consider promoting your education and training events in the IAHPC Global Directory of Education in Palliative Care. It’s quick and easy — just submit your content online.

What’s New in the IAHPC Calendar of Events

The following events were added last month to the IAHPC Calendar of Events.





Find the workshop, seminar, congress, or conference that speaks to you in the IAHPC Calendar of Events, updated monthly, that lists activities of special interest to those who work in palliative care. Or submit an event for consideration; it’s free!

Do you have any questions regarding the IAHPC Calendar of Events?

Contact Ms. Julia Libreros

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