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The Center for Courage and Renewal's mission is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. It’s hard to imagine a more challenging time in health care. This is a time of unprecedented change. From every direction come fundamental questions about the future state of medicine. As health care leaders and professionals, we are asked to guide our organizations with courage, resilience and wisdom. It’s a challenge that requires not only our skills, but our full human capacity in every role and at every level.

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, supports the mission of promoting compasionate healthcare and strengthening the patient-caregiver relationship.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement offers the Open School for Health Professions, an interprofessional educational community that gives students the skills to become change agents in health care.

The Beryl Institute is global community of practice and premier thought leader on improving the patient experience in healthcare.

Planetree is a nonprofit organization of hospitals and other health care organizations founded in 1978 and headquartered in Derby, Connecticut. It aims to provide more personal and human care in hospitals.

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation concentrates on the values and behaviors that reflect humanism: traits such as empathy, respect, caring, integrity and service. We knew that attitudes might be difficult to change so we focused on changing behaviors.

The International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare is a collaborative effort involving people, organizations and institutions around the world working together to restore the human dimensions of care – the universal core values that should be present in every healthcare interaction – to healthcare around the world. These values underpin a relationship-centered approach to healthcare.

The Founders of Vital Talk include grantees of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Dr. Robert Arnold and Dr. Anthony Back. The online resources provided on the VitalTalk website were developed after the founders observed “too much bad communication between clinicians and patients. Better communication is within reach—and the patients and families we work with deserve it. So we’re a nonprofit because we want our work to be a social enterprise”.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing - AACN provides educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection and publications programs for bachlor's degree and graduate nursing degree education. In addition, AACN assists deans and directors, influences the nursing profession to improve healthcare and promotes public support.

American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation - ABIM Foundation is focused on improving health care through the advancement of medical professionalism. 

ACP Foundation - The ACP Foundation is dedicated to supporting the mission of the ACP and improving the health of the public through the creation and support of programs in education, research, service, and professionalism.

American Balint Society - According to the American Balint Society, Balint groups are a supportive, collaborative means by which clinicians use intellect, emotion and self-reflection about the doctor`s work and the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship. Balint Groups are provided throughout a variety of medical disciplines in residency and other educational settings. The goal of the Balint Group experience is for participants to transform uncertainty, confusion, and difficulty in the doctor-patient relationship into understanding and meaning that nurtures a more therapeutic alliance between clinician and patient.

American Psychosomatic Society - Dedicated to the Integration of Biological, Psychological and Social Factors in Medicine.

Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Eduction - Medical school faculty representing sociology, psychology, anthropology, pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, preventive medicine, and psychiatry formed ABSAME as an interdisciplinary professional society dedicated to strengthening behavioral science teaching in medical schools, residency programs, and in continuing medical education.

Center for Communication and Medicine (CCM) - CCM at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine works to improve communication in and about medicine through innovative teaching and assessment, theory-driven research, and national/international exchange of information, tools, and experience. 

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education - CCNE is an independent accreditation agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. CCNE is the accrediting partner of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Courage to Lead (CTL) has been carefully designed to help leaders in health care and other serving professions answer the question "who is the person who leads?" It is rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the individual. In large group, small group, and solitary settings, leadership and life questions are explored, using personal stories, reflections on various experiences of leadership, and poetry and stories from diverse wisdom traditions. In a trustworthy community that meets over time, participants reflect on how their selfhood affects the way they relate to colleagues, their leadership tasks, their organization, and the world. Retreat work is framed by questions such as: "How can I engage in leadership roles and be true to myself?" and "In what ways are my inner life and outer work connected?"

Michigan State University on the Biopsychosocial and Patient-centered Programs - MSU's Biopsychosocial and Patient-centered Programs's particular focus has been on patient-centered interviewing, personal awareness of the learner, and the primary care diagnosis and management of mental health problems, often in the form of medically unexplained symptoms.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations 
Since 1981, the Foundations have focused grants in health care on “caring attitudes.” Trustees have been concerned that advances in technology and continuing changes in the health care system have diminished the humane aspects of patient care. Patients and their families often feel that their emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs are not adequately met when confronting illness

The Josiah Macy Foundation The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation The Arnold P. Gold Foundation ‘s mission is to perpetuate the tradition of the caring doctor by emphasizing the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the patient. Our objective is to help physicians-in-training become doctors who combine the high tech skills of cutting edge medicine with the high touch skills of effective communication, empathy and compassion.

Aetna Foundation The Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of the Aetna Inc., helps build healthy communities by promoting volunteerism, forming partnerships, and funding initiatives that improve the quality of life where its employees and customers live and work.

Cardinal Health Foundation 
The Cardinal Health Foundation focuses its efforts on large regional and national programs that help improve access to and delivery of quality health care services.​

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to develop outcome-based projects that will improve the quality of life for future generations.​

Rx Foundation The Rx Foundation funds innovative projects to improve the quality of health care in the United States. While primary emphasis is given to medical and hospital staff procedures and practices affecting all levels and forms of inpatient and outpatient care, the Foundation also funds efforts to ensure greater access to medical services.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is devoted to improving health and health care, supporting training, education, research and projects that demonstrate effective ways to deliver health services, especially for the most vulnerable among us.​

Blue Shield of California Foundation Blue Shield of California Foundation is committed to making health care effective, safe and accessible for all Californians, particularly underserved people, and to ending domestic violence.

Baxter International, Inc. For 75 years, Baxter International, Inc., has been applying innovative science to develop specialty therapeutics and medical products that save and sustain patients’ lives.​ 

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) is dedicated to empowering people to better health.

Institute of Medical Humanism is a Bennington, Vermont based non-profit committed to a community model that emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of patients, families and medical practitioners in facilitating communication about healthcare decisions and improving quality of care. The Institute's education division Center for Communication In Medicine® produces programs and tools to further understanding of the patient's perspective and the challenge for clinicians in caring for the person who is ill.

Kenneth B. Schwartz Center - The mission of the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center is to support and advance compassionate health care. The Schwartz Center provides grants and funding, and carries out its own initiatives to further its mission.

National Academies of Practice - NAP is known for its national interdisciplinary Health Policy Forums and its Membership Symposia.

National League for Nursing - NLN is a membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN offers faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives.

The NLNAC is responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs for both post secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education. NLNAC is the accrediting partner of the National League for Nursing.

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses addresses the challenge of preparing future nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems in which they work.

The Society of General Internal Medicine is a national medical society of 3,000 physicians who are the primary internal medicine faculty of every medical school and major teaching hospital in the United States. SHIM members teach medical students, residents, and fellows how to care for adult patients. They also conduct research that improves primary care, preventative measures, and treatment services for patients. 

national medical society of 3,000 physicians who are the primary internal medicine faculty of every medical school and major teaching hospital in the United States. SGIM members teach medical students, residents, and fellows how to care for adult patients. They also conduct research that improves primary care, preventative measures, and treatment services for patients. - See more at:
The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) is an association of nearly 5,000 innovative family medicine educators. These teachers include medical school professors, preceptors, residency program faculty, residency program directors and others involved in family medicine education.

The End of Life Physician Education Resource Center (EPERC) - is a centralized, comprehensive resource for end of life physician educators. The site`s key feature is now operational, allowing registrants to search for abstracts of peer reviewed educational materials--as well as funding and training opportunities, significant articles, and suggested books.

Healthcare 411 - The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare 411 audio news source provides practical health care information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about health care issues. 
AACH Sister Organization: EACH
EACH: International Association for Communication in Healthcare is an interdisciplinary non-profit organization which brings together researchers and teachers in the field of communication in health care. Its objectives are to facilitate the exchange of ideas and teaching and research activities within a network of individuals and institutions in Europe and beyond. EACH is associated with the scientific journal Patient Education and Counseling. In even numbered years, alternating with AACH, EACH hosts the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare.
AACH-APHC Strategic Alliance
Given our common interest and commitments with The Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC), AACH and APHC have established a strategic alliance to foster the exchange of ideas and promote mutual collaboration. The purpose of the Academy for Professionalism In Health Care (APHC) is to support the development and maintenance of educational programs that promote professionalism in health care. APHC event information coming soon. 

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