For Immediate Release
February 27, 2024

(Alexandria, Va) – In 2023, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) hosted the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) series, Equity Where It Matters, consisting of bimonthly sessions on a wide variety of topics related to increasing access to equitable serious illness and end-of-life care. Participants in the program who attended at least seventy-percent of the sessions and completed program evaluation requirements earned an NHPCO Health Equity Certificate.

Project ECHO is an innovative program designed to create virtual groups of learners by bringing together healthcare providers, subject matter experts, and the wider community using case-based learning and fostering an “all teach, all learn” approach. Recognizing that diversity expands across many dimensions of our identity, the curriculum focused on inclusive topics addressing various aspects of diversity and cultural competence in healthcare.

NHPCO recognizes individuals who have earned the 2023 Health Equity Certificate:

      1. Stefanie Hansberry, Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc.
      2. Kristopher Halsey, VITAS Healthcare
      3. Stacy Orloff, Empath Health
      4. Hope Walke, Empath Health
      5. Leslie Conner, Housecall Providers
      6. Ervilene Kuhlman, Hospice of San Angelo, Inc.
      7. Martha Young, Ecumen Hospice
      8. Sherry Coval, Empath Health
      9. Sandy Nelson, Hospice of Holland
      10. William Matthews, Empath Health

“Project ECHO empowers providers and communities through access to knowledge. Health equity and cultural competency are central to the delivery of high-quality care for all, and NHPCO is committed to ensuring our members and the broader hospice and palliative care community have access to the most up to date resources and information,” said Aparna Gupta, VP of Quality at NHPCO.

NHPCO is also recognized as an official “Superhub” of Project ECHO, joining the ranks of more than 25 organizations with the designation worldwide. As a Superhub, NHPCO facilitators are authorized to train new ECHO to grow and develop their own programs.

In 2024, NHPCO is resuming Project ECHO sessions in a new, miniseries format taking deep dives across diverse topics. The first miniseries is hosted in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, focusing on supporting and enhancing the ability of providers across the continuum to understand the unique needs of persons living with various facets of cognitive impairment. The miniseries will consist of seven weekly sessions held on Thursdays, 3-4 p.m. ET from March 7 through April 18 and is open to NHPCO members and the greater hospice and palliative care community. Register for the miniseries. For more information on NHPCO’s program, visit the Project ECHO webpage.



The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the nation’s largest and oldest membership association for providers who care for people affected by serious and life-limiting illness. Our members deliver and expand access to high-quality, person-centered interdisciplinary care to millions of Americans. NHPCO provides education and resources to support that mission. Together with our advocacy partner, the Hospice Action Network (HAN), we serve as the leading voice advancing public policy to improve serious-illness and end-of-life care, while our CaringInfo program provides free resources to educate and empower patients and caregivers.

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Elyssa Katz
NHPCO Communications