National Healthcare Decisions Day

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02/29/08
We wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity to promote advance care planning in your community and state…April 16, 2008 has been designated a National Healthcare Decisions Day!  The National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.  For more information, visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

ANA is proudly participating in this event along with a broad array of other organizations.  We hope that you will participate with us to raise awareness about these important issues across the country.  Please sign up your organization at: www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org/maintopics/sign_up and confirm your participation. 

Please know that you need not change what you are already doing to educate the public about advance healthcare decision-making and advance directives--instead, you are simply encouraged to make a “bigger splash” in your community/state regarding the topic on April 16, 2008. To assist in this effort, outreach materials are being developed and will be made available on the Website. A variety of ideas for events and activities can be found on the website under “Organize Your Community.” This is a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively with other healthcare organizations and a great chance to gain increased recognition for your organization.

Finally, the success of this event depends largely on activities at the state and local level. The event organizers are currently seeking volunteers to serve as state liaisons for this event. Please click on this link to find a listing of state liaisons, www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org/maintopics/involved. This is a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively with other healthcare organizations and a great chance to gain increased recognition for your organization. If you are interested in serving in this role, please follow the “sign up” link.

For additional information or questions about this initiative, please contact: nhdd@nhpco.org.

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