OHIO PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE and END of LIFE NETWORK (OPPEN)
OPPEN is a forum for collaboration for those health care providers in the state of Ohio who provide palliative and hospice care to prenatal and pediatric patients and their families.
Our vision statement reads: "Every child with a life-threatening or life-limiting diagnosis, from prenatal to young adult, will have access to quality pediatric hospice and palliative care." Our mission statement focuses on equity, effectiveness, education, timeliness and advocacy for all pediatric patients and their families.
The forum became empowered over the years and has become a coalition, which focuses on research and education as well as the aims listed above. We work with and through the auspices of the Ohio Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (a non-profit 501c3 organization). The affiliation with OHPCO gives OPPEN the opportunity to work with association staff who can assist OPPEN to meet its mission and achieve its goals.
OPPEN has the following resources available for downloading and printing:
- State of Ohio Resource Guide for Pediatric Palliative Care
- The Comfort Line flyer
- Concurrent Care for Children Requirement: Implementation Toolkit
Mission and Aims
Mission: To address the OPPEN vision that every child/young adult with a life-threatening or life-limiting diagnosis in the state of Ohio will have access to quality pediatric hospice and palliative care.
The aims of OPPEN include:
- Equity: to ensure that all children and young adults have access to quality hospice and palliative care regardless of ability to pay or geographic location in the state of Ohio.
- Effectiveness: to promote the safety and effectiveness of quality hospice and palliative care treatment and bereavement follow-up care for patients and their families.
- Education: to increase awareness of quality pediatric hospice and palliative care through promotion of on-line education, seminars and research publications to Ohio healthcare providers.
- Timeliness: to offer palliative care to patients/families at the time of diagnosis of a life-threatening or life-limiting illness, concurrent with disease treatments aimed at cure.
- Advocacy: to create and sustain a network of pediatric healthcare professionals who will actively work towards changing the legislative and financial barriers that prevent patient and families/caregivers from receiving these services.
Want to learn more about OPPEN and get involved?
Contact Mary Kay Tyler, OPPEN Chair, at MKTyler@HospiceWR.org