CAPC Announces the Top 25 Finalists of the Second John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge

July 26, 2021

New York, NY (July 26, 2021)─The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) announced today the top-ranked submissions, designated as the Top 25 finalists, in its second round of The John A. Hartford Foundation Tipping Point Challenge.

The Challenge is a national competition designed to catalyze the spread of skills, ideas, and solutions that will improve health care delivery for all people living with serious illness. The goal of this second round is to catalyze innovation that will make positive, breakthrough change in the care of serious illness.

The 10-month national competition was open to all health care organizations, settings, disciplines, and specialties across the US. Submissions of innovative initiatives had to align with one of three high-impact categories of change:  

  • Building Skills Among Nonpalliative Care Specialties and Disciplines: Improving communication skills and/or pain and symptom management skills among all specialists treating CHF, COPD, and cancer
  • Improving Systematic Access to Specialty Palliative Care
  • Reaching the Patients in Need: Implementing a population health approach to identify and address patients with serious illness and unmet needs

More than 100 initiatives were submitted, including those from hospitals, health systems, clinics, and payers. Each submission was rigorously peer-reviewed by an expert panel and evaluated using five criteria: Impact, Evidence-Base, Feasibility, Scalability, and Sustainability. CAPC leadership will select the winners for each category from the Top 25. Winners will be announced on October 27, 2021.

The Top 25 are:

  • Ascension
  • Bluegrass Care Navigators
  • Capital Caring Health
  • Cedars-Sinai
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Garnet Health Medical Center
  • Helios Care
  • Indiana University School of Medicine; Moi University School of Medicine; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin; Ascension St. Vincent Hospital; Living Room International; and Duke University School of Medicine
  • Institute for Human Caring, Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Landmark Health
  • Livestrong Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mercy
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • NYU Langone Health
  • NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and The New Jewish Home
  • Optum CA
  • Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center*
  • Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center*
  • Porter Adventist Hospital*
  • Porter Adventist Hospital*
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  • St. Tammany Health System
  • The Narrative Initiative and St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • The University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Tufts Medical Center and Merrimack Valley Hospice

*Finalists in two categories

About the Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. and Follow @CAPCpalliative.

About The John A. Hartford Foundation

The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan, national philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. The leader in the field of aging and health, the Foundation has three priority areas: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregivers, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care. For more information, visit and follow @johnahartford.

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