The statewide leader in the enhancement of end-of-life care through representation of and service to hospice and palliative care providers.

The Hospice and Palliative Care Association (HPCAI), formerly the Iowa Hospice Organization, is a voluntary membership association representing 69 hospice agencies providing end-of-life care through 105 locations across Iowa. The association is governed by a board of directors and has been in existence since 1981. The HPCAI office is located at 100 East Grand Avenue in Downtown Des Moines.

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Below is a list of our major priorities:


  1. Quality, end-of-life care
  2. Educate the general public
  3. Build and strengthen relationships with palliative care
  4. Advocate and represent the interests of Iowa hospices at the state and federal levels
  5. Coalitions that support hospice



  • Advance quality end-of-life care.
  • Serve as the unified voice for hospice and palliative care issues before policy makers and other organizations while also engaging hospice advocates in supporting hospice and palliative care issues.
  • Provide professional education and information to enhance skills and knowledge in the provision of hospice care and palliative care.
  • Collaborate with other organizations and health care providers as opportunities arise.
  • Continue to sustain a viable organization.
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