About

We are a coalition of healthcare professionals, private citizens and businesses working together to provide information and education on hospice, palliative care and advance planning.  We advocate for compassionate care at the end of life.  Our mission is to work collaboratively with our partners in providing education, tools and resources to promote quality of life through Advance Planning, Hospice and Palliative Care.

The Idaho Quality of Life Coalition is frequently recognized for its statewide leadership.  In 2010, we were the recipient of the prestigious  “Sojourns Award” - a $50,000 award granted by the Cambia Foundation.  In fact, each subsequent winner was a member or Board member of the Coalition.  We hope you will join our legacy of excellence by becoming a member and lending your voice to our mission and efforts. 

Idaho Quality of Life Coalition Awards
2012- Awarded a $206,000 grant from the Cambia Foundation for statewide education on Hospice, Palliative Care, and Advance Planning
2012 - Awarded a $35,000 grant from the POLST Paradigm for statewide education on the Idaho POST
2010 - The prestigious Regence Foundation "Sojourns Award" - $50,000 - for leadership in advancing quality palliative and end-of-life care in Idaho
2010 - Chosen as a Health Care Hero by the Idaho Business Review
2009 - Recognized as a Idaho Governor’s Brightest Star for volunteer service
2004 - One of three national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Rallying Points Awards of Excellence

Background

In 2008 Idaho’s two leading voices for dying unified: Idaho State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, founded in 1985 to support the growth of the palliative services of hospice across the state, and broader-based A Better Way Coalition, Inc., founded in 2003 in response to the “D” grade Idaho received in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Last Acts Report on Dying in America.

Now known as the Idaho Quality of Life Coalition, our vision and mission attract the energies of committed individuals from state and local agencies, medical facilities, elder-law firms, hospices, nursing homes, universities, the Idaho Commission on Aging, National Association of Social Workers/Idaho, Idaho Health Care Association, and AARP/Idaho. As Coalition members they serve on board, committees, and task groups. Broad-based membership is one of our most effective tools in reforming end-of-life care and promoting palliative care throughout life.

Accomplishments

Key accomplishments demonstrate significant advances in end-of-life care improvements through research, public policy work, professional education and community engagement. Encouraged/supported palliative services of hospice growing from 17% of dying people receiving hospice care annually in 1999 to more than 50% in 2009.

Co-sponsored the first-ever, very successful (39% return rate) Idaho Statewide End-of-Life Survey with the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State University.

Convened stakeholders around advance care planning and palliative/end-of-life care. Successful legislation:

revising the Idaho Natural Death Act, promoting the POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment, Oregon’s POLST) as the Idaho Do Not Resuscitate program, and establishing Idaho’s online advance directive registry. Sponsored Idaho’s largest annual gatherings of palliative care professionals, a unique collaboration with nursing home, assisted living, and home health associations designed to overcome palliative care barriers. (Idaho ranked in lowest ten states nationally, 13% of hospice days-of-care are in nursing homes, NHPCO 2009 Facts/Figures.) Developed and published 108-page Idaho-specific advance care planning guide, The Right Choice at The Right Time, which we placed in every library, senior center and online in pdf and audio versions. More than a resource guide, it walks people through the process of sharing wants/desires for care at the end of life. Collaborated with Idaho Commission on Aging producing: “Alzheimer’s Disease: Care and Support at the End of Life” and “Hospice in Long Term Care Facilities.”

Current Needs

While we have accomplished a great deal, more is needed:

  • public understanding and access to end-of-life care
  • earlier hospice and palliative care referrals
  • palliative care for children and young adults
  • expanding end-of-life care research and knowledge, and physician education to recognize who would benefit from hospice and palliative care and how to communicate that benefit.


If you have any questions call (208) 841-1862.  Join the Idaho Quality of Life Coalition today!