Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Apply Now for the 2024 Circle of Life Awards

Share your innovations in palliative and end-of-care

Be a leader in shaping the future of palliative and end-of-life care. The Circle of Life Awards recognize programs that care for patients with serious or life-limiting illness. Programs should demonstrate effective, patient- and family-centered timely, safe, efficient and equitable care. They also should address physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs throughout the disease trajectory and pursue quality improvement consistent with National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, NHPCO’s Standards of Practice or other widely accepted standards, within their resources and capabilities.

The Circle of Life Awards will honor up to three winners annually; the awards committee also may present Citations of Honor to other noteworthy programs

Download the 2024 application. Submit your application as a single PDF to ensure all materials are seen by the Committee and to minimize possible distortion. The application must be paginated and may not exceed more than 17 pages in length, single sided.

Submit your application to by midnight, Monday, July 10. Applications will be acknowledged within one business day.

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About the Award


How do you know if your organization is ready to apply for a Circle of Life Award?

An innovative palliative or end-of-life care provider that is measuring and evaluating the impact of its work on patients, family, and/or the community is ready to apply for a Circle of Life award.

Honorees typically are:

  • emphasizing coordinated or integrated care delivery throughout all settings
  • engaging underserved populations
  • promoting palliative care in diverse populations
  • using strategies for engaging communities
  • creating partnerships with other health care organizations and practitioners, and initiatives within long-term care facilities.

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Major sponsors of the 2024 Circle of Life Awards: Celebrating Innovation in Palliative and End-of-Life Care are the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The awards are cosponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association/the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center/the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Foundation and the National Association of Social Workers.

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