About ChiPPS:

The Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services (ChiPPS) was the precursor to NHPCO’s Pediatric Advisory Council (PAC). ChiPPS, and now the PAC, is committed to making the best-known practices in pediatric palliative and hospice care more widely available to care providers and increasing the availability of state-of-the-art services to families since 1997.


ChiPPS’ mission is to build capacity by identifying, developing and disseminating practical strategies that advance care for children and families coping with life-threatening conditions, dying and bereavement.

Our aim is to be a touchstone to all individuals caring for children living with life-threatening diagnosis – health care providers, family members, teachers, advocates, and community members.

ChiPPS History:

The work of ChiPPS began with a conclave meeting in November, 1998. The two-day meeting in Dallas, Texas involved 30 leaders in the field of pediatric hospice and palliative care. They worked to identify and reach consensus about the critical issues facing the field of pediatric palliative care, and to develop strategies necessary to address those issues. Participants in the conclave divided up into work groups:

      • Ethics and Decision Making
      • Clinical Care Concerns: Pain and Symptom Management
      • Psychosocial/Spiritual/Bereavement Concerns
      • Education
      • Policy and Administration

These work groups have expanded to include others interested in the field and continue to focus on projects of importance to providers of pediatric palliative and hospice care.

ChiPPS began the NHPCO pediatric e-journal in 1997. 

Related Pediatric E-Journal Issues

      • Issue 50: Celebrating Past Developments and Future Possibilities in the Field of Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care (Feb. 2018)
      • Issue 6: Highlights two conferences and recent publications (May 2004)
      • Issue 3: Introduces remainder of members of ChiPPS Executive Committee and reports results of an NHPCO member survey on pediatric palliative care (May 2003)
      • Issue 2: Introduces half of the membership of ChiPPS Executive Committee and a collaboration to develop The National Alliance for Children with Life-Threatening Conditions (NACWLTC) (March 2003)
      • Issue 1: Beginning as ChiPPS E-Newsletter (Dec. 2002)

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