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The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) was launched in 1998 as a research, quality improvement, and education effort aimed at enhancing family-centered care for children living with life-threatening conditions. IPPC’s comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum, addresses knowledge, attitudes and skills that health care professionals need in order to better serve children and families.

IPPC was initiated as a project of the Center for Applied Ethics(CAE), a division of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), working in collaboration with the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN),the Association of Medical Schools Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC), and the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). IPPC’s broad-based collaborative initiative has included children’s hospitals, pediatric units in general hospitals, and hospice or home care programs that serve children living with life-threatening conditions and their families.

Between 2005 and 2009, IPPC conducted 20 educational retreats throughout the United States and Canada, designed for interdisciplinary teams of practitioners and parents of children with life-threatening conditions coming from hospitals, hospice and home care organizations, neonatal units, community coalitions, and other groups serving children and families. Over 2000 practitioners and more than 200 family members participated in these learning events.

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