The Arizona End of Life Care Partnership (EOLCP), anchored at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, is the largest funded end-of-life community-based partnership of its kind in the United States thanks to the David and Lura Lovell Foundation and Community Foundation for Southern AZ. Since its inception in 2017, nearly $8,000,000 has been awarded to the Partnership. Our 19 Grantee organizations and 30 Investing Partners span healthcare, legal and social services, with a strong emphasis on diverse communities, and cultural and religious traditions.
Our Partners provide education, resources, services, and support to people of all ages in our community, helping them to navigate the challenging issues of serious illness, death, and dying.
The goal is to normalize conversations about death in our community. As of 2019, 75% of people in our community believe it’s important to discuss their end-of-life care wishes with family and loved ones, but 53% said they rarely or never discuss death and dying with anyone. COVID-19 has sky-rocketed these issues to the forefront of our minds. Planning for end of life can no longer be postponed or ignored. Our goal is to promote Advance Care Planning in our community, which significantly reduces healthcare costs, brings peace of mind for the individual, and reduces burden for healthcare providers, family, and loved ones.
To enhance the way we live by fundamentally changing the way we talk about death.
To ensure people in our community receive the care they desire at the end of life (aka goal-concordant care).