Annually, since 2008, April 16 (or any day in April) has been designated as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). This initiative is a collaboration among national, state, community, and religious 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 priorities, values, beliefs, goals, and decisions.
If you are interested in using National Healthcare Decisions Day as an opportunity to educate your community about making advance healthcare decisions, NHDD has many resources available to assist you. Informational material for you to use can be found on NHDD’s Resources page
and these websites:
The Conversation Project -Faith
The Conversation Project
Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care- Advance Care Planning
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization- Advance Care Planning
Here are some ideas for educating your congregation and community that you might want to consider:
- Invite a speaker to make a presentation about advance directives. Edward J. Holland can help connect you with speakers in your area – parish nurses, physicians, nurses, health care social workers, &/or chaplains.
- Have copies of health care directive forms available for distribution.
- Give a sermon on April 15 (or any Sunday in April) about the importance of completing a health care directive. The NHDD website has content suitable for use in a sermon.
- Post an article in your congregational newsletter (the draft newsletter piece on the NHDD website would be a great starting point).
- Inform your congregation and community about local NHDD activities and resources. Direct them here for specific events in Minnesota.
- Offer to help plan and/or speak at a NHDD event at a health care facility in your community.
Please email Edward J. Holland
if you are considering planning an event or would like additional information.