Get Involved in National Healthcare Decisions Day -- April 16
along with other national, state and community organizations, is
leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance
healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal
designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).
are asking interested organizations and individuals throughout the
state to help raise awareness about the importance of advance care
planning on this special day—and throughout the year. To help realize
this goal, we have created a starter kit with information and tools for
you to use with the public to talk about future healthcare decisions
and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney
and living wills) in accordance with Georgia’s state laws governing
Here are some of the ways GHPCO members can help this important cause:
First and foremost, lead by example…be sure you have thoughtfully
considered and made your own healthcare decisions known.
Next, make sure everyone in your organization is informed about NHDD
(including staff, board of directors, volunteers and others) and ask
for their involvement to promote NHDD in your community.
Provide a link on your organizational Web site to
nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org. It features a variety of
information for the public and providers on advance care planning.
Set up an exhibit about NHDD at your main entrance and offer
information about advance care planning as people come by.
Distribute NHDD promotional materials and advance care planning
educational brochures at upcoming community events or health
with your community library to set up a display highlighting books
about advance healthcare decision-making and use NHDD promotional
with local retail businesses by asking them to place a promotional
flyer about NHDD in every bag.
Distribute flyers about NHDD in local physician offices and other
strategic locations such as elevators in public buildings.
Contact local media (newspapers, TV, and radio) and encourage them to
write a piece about NHDD and advance healthcare planning.
several states have engaged in advance directives awareness events and
numerous organizations have devoted substantial time and money to
improving education about advance healthcare planning, only a small
minority of Americans has executed an advance directive. NHDD seeks to
address this issue by focusing attention on advance healthcare planning
from a variety of directions simultaneously.
encourages you to find ways to work within your community to increase
awareness of advance care planning through efforts suggested above or
your own unique outreach methods. Please contact Jennifer Hale,
GHPCO State Executive, with questions at 404-323-9397 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org – let us know about your events!
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________My Decisions Matter is from the Georgia Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.
In association with National Healthcare Decisions Day.
This website is supported by grant funding from the Georgia
Gerontology Education Center, part of the University of Georgia's Institute
of Gerontology.Website by Jay Braver