Why Do Companies Partner with the American Hospice Foundation?
Partnering with the American Hospice Foundation (AHF) is good business. Many companies have found ways to benefit from programs offered by the Foundation and to improve services to their employees and customers, while providing much-needed support to AHF.
The Foundation is a national non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to improve access to quality hospice care for everyone in America. We do this through public education, our publications, and professional training.
AHF has reached more than 60,000 workers in private and public organizations across the country by providing tools that help people deal with terminal illness, caregiving and grief among employees. Your employees can benefit, as well. Call us at 1-800-347-1413 to discuss your partnership with AHF.
Here are some ways that companies partner with AHF:
- Purdue Pharma funded AHF to provide workshops on Pain Assessment and Management for Alzheimer's patients. Since their verbal communications are often limited, the pain of these patients is often overlooked. Conducted at state conferences of nursing homes, home health agencies and hospices, the workshops train professionals to assess pain expressed in behavioral cues and to provide relief with a wide range of treatments, including music therapy, massage, other non-pharmacologic strategies such as heat, cold, and repositioning.
- BAE Systems selected AHF as its designated “charity of the year”. Through publicity directed to employees and a series of events at company locations around the U.S., funds were raised both for local hospices and for AHF. These events built teamwork, employee morale, and community relationships with local hospices, as well as awareness of the benefits of hospice for grieving employees and families facing end-of-life situations.
- Pfizer Inc. provided an educational grant to AHF that underwrote the development of a hospice course for case managers in managed care companies. This effort promoted improved care for dying patients and also generated good will among Pfizer’s preferred customers.
- AEGON Direct Marketing Services engaged AHF’s training director to present on-site education to their Human Resources Department on effective management of grief in the workplace, including policy considerations, employee needs assessments, and helpful workplace programs for grieving employees. We can do the same for your company.
- Other corporate partners include Aetna, who provided support for a teleconference for case managers, and Kaiser Permanente, who provided support for a hospice workshop for case managers--among many others.
- The Wall Street Journal estimates that grief in the workplace costs American companies $75 billion a year. Tools available from AHF – including the Grief at Work series of booklets, policy manuals and training programs – have helped managers at 2,600 companies address this costly impact. Companies that use AHF materials include American Express, AT&T, Citibank, Eli Lilly, NBC, and ESPN, among many others.
- Other organizations, such as The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), have chosen to help support our public education and professional training programs with generous gifts over successive years.