The David and Lura Lovell Foundation and Community Foundation for Southern Arizona have jointly awarded $3.6 million to 12 nonprofits in the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership that are cooperatively addressing end-of-life care issues in Tucson, Arizona.

Arizona End of Life Care Partnership Contact  · 520-485-4484
Helpline for Older Adults  · 520-790-7262

Our Grantee Partners

Our Grantee Partners have received funds to provide specific services that significantly enhance end-of-life care in our community. We are grateful for their ongoing commitment and passion toward our mission.


United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona


As the anchor organization for the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona leads this collaborative effort through its mission to build a thriving community by uniting people, ideas and resources.
The Anchor Team provides the connective infrastructure by convening Partners and stakeholders, promoting the work of all Partners, and creating a hub for end-of-life resources. The role of the Anchor Team is to coordinate community actions toward shared measurable outcomes and social change, to break down silos, and to create a sense of true collaboration
For more information, please call Jill Putt at 520-903-3937 or email [email protected].
• Core Anchor Team:
Associate Vice President: Sarah Ascher
Operations Director: Jill Putt
Data and Project Management Director: Isaac Shr
Senior Marketing Manager: Andrew Pieterick

The Arizona Coalition to Transform Serious Illness Care (AZ Coalition)


• The AZ Coalition is a group of 40+ stakeholders in Arizona working to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with serious illness.
• The coalition uses data and evidence-based practices to identify areas that will collectively improve advance illness care in Arizona.
• The AZ Coalition engaged partner Discern Health to lead a Best Practices Study to determine which community-based services and supports should be pursued to help people with serious illness manage health conditions and increase the number of days at home.
• The coalition members prioritized the development of a home-and community-based palliative care network for integrated patient support and is pursuing funding to begin a design phase followed by implementation and evaluation.
• For more information, contact [email protected]

Banner-Alzheimer's Institute Tucson

Provides medical and non-medical dementia care models, programs, and services to holistically address patients and family caregiver needs.
Focuses on improving patients’ and families’ quality of life from diagnosis through the years of caregiving by offering multidisciplinary care, peer-to-peer tele mentoring, education, and outreach.
For more information, please call 520-694-7021, or visit their website.

Catholic Community Services

Strengthens children, adults, families, and communities by providing help, creating hope, and serving all.
The St. Jeanne Jugan Ministry with Elders provides Pastoral Care of the Sick to individuals living in long-term nursing facilities while also engaging in the broader spirituality of aging and end-of-life preparation.
For more information, please call 520-392-4999, or visit their website.

Dunbar Coalition

• Focuses on enlightening, educating, preserving, and celebrating the history and culture of people of African descent.
• Provides culturally sensitive end-of-life care workshops and symposiums.
• For more information, please call 520-791-7795, or visit their website.

El Rio Health

Value Health - Honoring A Life Workshops
• Integrates Honoring a Life workshops into the El Rio Employee Value Health Incentive Program.
• Facilitates Honoring a Life workshops.
• For more information, please call 520-791-8798.

Goodwill of Southern Arizona

• The METRO Goodwill® Youth Program and The REC (Re-Engagement Center) connects Opportunity Youth, ages 16-24, with community resources in a safe and comfortable space.
• In a project with Tu Nidito Children and Family Services and the Pima County Juvenile Court Center, grief and bereavement support will be provided to Opportunity Youth who have identified grief as a significant adverse event in their lives.
• For more information, please call 520-382-1425, or visit their website.

Health Current

Health Current is the health information exchange (HIE) that helps community partners transform care by bringing together communities and information across Arizona.
• Health Current is the new home for the Arizona Advance Directives Registry (AzHDR).
• The secure online AzHDR provides a safe place to complete and store advance directive documents for Arizonans, so that end-of-life care will be guided by one’s wishes.
• The AzHDR is available at no cost and offers easy access to health care providers and facilities at the time of medical need.
• Advance directives include living wills, health care powers of attorney, mental health care powers of attorney and the pre-hospital medical care directives (Do Not Resuscitate or DNR).
• The AzHDR website also features educational materials for consumers and professionals on advance care planning and advance directives.
• For more information, visit their website.

Interfaith Community Services

• Presents end-of-life care planning workshops to facilitators and community members.
• Reaches out to faith communities in Southern Arizona.
• For more information, please call 520-526-9309, or visit their website.

Pima Council on Aging

Offers expertise to older adults and the loved ones who care about them with resources, educational opportunities, and tools that can assist with decisions about end-of-life care.
Assists with understanding end-of-life care choices, initiating conversations with loved ones about choices, and completing advance directives.
Provides extensive resource list for services for older adults.
• For more information, please call 520-546-2018, or visit their website.

Pima County Juvenile Court Center

• The mission of the PCJCC is to ensure children are protected, youth are rehabilitated, and the community is safe by administering timely and impartial justice and providing innovative services. 
• In a project with Tu Nidito Children and Family Services and Goodwill of Southern Arizona, PCJCC is committed to increasing knowledge and enhancing procedures to facilitate the referral process to bereavement support services for youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system.
• For more information, please call Angie Lopez at 520-388-4311, or visit their website.

SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organization

SEAGO Area Agency of Aging provides services throughout four counties in Southeastern Arizona - Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, and Santa Cruz.

• Through collaboration and education, resources are provided to prepare individuals to make informed advance healthcare planning choices that are consistent with their values and beliefs.
• Working with individuals, college students, health care professionals, and organizations, including faith-based organizations and libraries, workshops and lectures are provided.
• One-to-one assistance is available for completing advance directives.
• SEAGO vision is for residents of Southeastern Arizona to engage in ongoing advance health care planning and have their wishes communicated and honored.
• For more information, please check out their website.

Southern Arizona Senior Pride

Increases awareness of LGBT aging issues and has developed age-appropriate LGBT-friendly information and referral services.
Provides community workshops that discuss topics related to having conversations regarding end-of-life choices and completing advance directives.
For more information, please call 520-312-8923, or visit their website.

Southwest Folklife Alliance

• Builds more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage, and diversity in the greater southwest.
• Brings awareness to vulnerable communities of color about end-of-life issues through culturally-relevant practices impacting planning, palliative care, hospice, and the grief process.
• For more information, please call 520-621-4046, or visit their website.

Step Up to Justice

• Powered by the talents of volunteer attorneys and the efficient use of technology and funding, Step Up To Justice provides free legal services for low-income individuals and families.
• Provides end-of-life planning that generates accurate and individualized documents (eg. wills, beneficiary deeds, advance directives, healthcare powers of attorney, etc.).
• For more information, please call Michele Mirto 520-276-3815, or visit their website.

Tu Nidito

Plays an active role during personal end-of-life experiences to ensure that children have the support that they need to safely cope with their grief.
Provides community education on the lasting impacts of unresolved childhood grief.
Provides bereavement education and support for a collaborative project with the Pima County Juvenile Justice Center and Goodwill of Southern Arizona for work with Opportunity Youth who have self-identified that grief has significantly impacted their lives.
• For more information, please call 520-322-9155, or visit their website.

Tucson Medical Center

Tucson Medical Center (TMC) strives to provide patient-directed care that is informed by best evidence of clinical benefit (Goal Concordant Care). Focusing on Goal Concordant Care in the Emergency Department, trained clinical staff will be provided for patients with serious illness or in the dying process to discover and document goal concordant care wishes.  
TMC will provide provider and staff education focused on the importance of honoring advance care planning, the role of skilled goals of care discussions in urgent clinical situations, and the benefit of comfort care as a treatment option. 
TMC will develop a pilot project with Benson Hospital to reduce transfers of patients at end of life to ensure care is provided in their home community.
For more information, please call Sara Long at 253-279-0222, or visit their website.

University of Arizona Health Sciences

• Working on an initiative called “Interprofessional End of Life Care Training Partnership at UA Health Sciences”, a group of partners is focusing on these goals:
1. Transforming cultural attitudes toward aging, serious illness, death, and dying among UA health professional students and faculty by developing patient-centered education.
2. Ensuring that every health professional student graduating from the UAHS will have basic competency in serious illness and end-of-life care; and
3. Creating a cadre of healthcare professionals who promote advance care planning.
• For more information, please call email Lisa O’Neill at [email protected]