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Who We Are

We are an emerging network of social work organizations and leaders who seek to further the field of end-of-life and hospice/palliative care... in other words, we are advancing the role of the social worker in caring for the seriously ill, providing relief from pain, improving quality of life, supporting family and friends, assisting with difficult decision-making, and help in dealing with trauma, grief and loss.


Our History

This network originally grew out of the Social Work Leadership Development Awards Program, sponsored by the Open Society Institute's Project on Death in America, a project of the Soros Foundation. The program helped coordinate the 1st Social Work Summit on End-of-Life and Palliative Care in 2002, which through a consensus process created a priority map for furthering the field. The 2nd Social Work Summit in June of 2005 created a steering committee and other concrete next steps.

In June of 2007, the 501c3 was officially established to incorporate the goals of SWHPN, a board of directors came together and officers were elected. Click here to read the bios of these accomplished leaders.

SWHPN began accepting founding members in December 2007. In January of 2008 the first official SWHPN conference was held in Tampa, Florida during the joint Annual Assembly of AAHPM/HPNA.


Founding membership with SWHPN is now available.
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