For more than 60 years, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have given to medical schools, hospitals, hospice programs, and other healthcare initiatives that have enhanced medical education, the patient experience, and the quality fo healthcare in America. The Foundations provided the first grant to Connecticut Hospice, which inaugurated hospice care in America in 1976 and helped spawn the hospice movement throughout the nation.
|Sculpture outside of Connecticut Hospice, the first hospice in the United States. The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations were among the early supporters of the hospice concept in America in 1976.
Photo courtesy of Connecticut Hospice.
In 2017, AVDF renewed its commitment to care for the seriously ill by supporting nationally focused palliative care initiatives. This three-year, invitation only program provided grants to key organizations seeking to improve the quality and accessibility of palliative care for all patients who could benefit from such support.
The following organizations have been supported during this period:
- Brigham and Women's Hospital/Ariadne Labs
- Children's Hospital Los Angeles
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children's Hospital
- Duke University School of Medicine
- Emory University
- Mt. Sinai/Center to Advance Palliative Care
- Mt. Sinai/National Palliative Care Research Center
- Seattle Children's Research Institute
- University of Pittsburgh
We are currently evaluating the results of this initiative. More information about AVDF funding in this area will be available in the spring of 2021.