As we work with organizations and advocates throughout the nation to promote the value of advance directives to our families, friends, colleagues –and to everyone else we come into contact with on a daily basis—the topic is attracting more and more media coverage and overall, exposure. And, that’s what we’ve all been working so hard to achieve because increased exposure equals an increased opportunity to spark the conversation about advance care planning. So from now until April 16, 2011 when our efforts to raise the profile of advance directives over the past 12 months culminate into the observance of the Fourth Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day, we’ll be posting the “Advance Care Planning News Round Up” twice a week. Here’s what we have for you today…
In the past few days, we’ve also found two NHDD mentions garnered through the media outreach work of participating organizations:
In a short, but effective letter to the editor titled “This will help you take care of your own health care destiny,” NHDD participating organization Western Maryland Health System Hospice Services highlights the importance of the initiative and having advance care planning conversations in general.
While scanning the newswire, we ran across the MedicAlert Foundation’s recent press release urging ‘All Americans to Make Their Wishes Known in Recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day - April 16th, 2011.’