Get Involved in National Healthcare Decisions Day -- April 16

The GHPCO, 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).

We 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 advance directives.

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 fairs. 
•    Partner with your community library to set up a display highlighting books about advance healthcare decision-making and use NHDD promotional resources.
•    Partner 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.

Although 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.

GHPCO 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 jennifer@ghpco.org – let us know about your events!






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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.
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