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'Never doubt a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world because its the only thing that ever has.' Those words from the mouth of renowned cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead have never rung as true as they did today, April 16 on the Fourth Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day.
National Healthcare Decisions Day 2011 has proven a BIG success. Such an impactful national awareness initiative as this one would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many 'committed citizens.' So we, the NHDD executive committee and team, would like to use this opportunity to extend our thanks to all who had a part in making it possible.
Did you see something about advance directives in the news or in a medical or legal journal? Maybe you found a great website about medical decision making we should know about. There are several ways you can let us know about your discovery. We like when you post to the blog, Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook because then it shows the power of community, and encourages other people to share.
Are you a Facebook Fanatic? Do you have Facebook Farms that need tending? Are you looking at your old flames photos? Well we don't care how you spend your time on Facebook except that some of it should be spent checking out some of the great content provided by the National Healthcare Decisions Day Team.
Here are some of the official NHDD locations on Facebook.
NHDD Facebook Fan Page
NHDD Causes Page (Donations go to National Hospice Foundation)
Please consider showing your support on different social media platforms and invite your friends who are passionate about healthcare to join the growing community. Don't underestimate the power of your 'like'!
Official NHDD Twitter Account (@NHDD)
NHDD Twitter Lists:
- Advance Care Planning Organizations
- Medical Organizations
- Historical Donors
- NHDD Tweet Team (people who mention @NHDD
- HavetheTalk Hashtaggers (people who use #HavetheTalk on Twitter)
Information and Stats page for #HavetheTalk (on WTHashtag)
NHDD (not active yet)
NHDD on Scribd (Not active yet)
NHDD on YouTuube (not active yet)
Lots of brands and organizations may ask you to 'like' them on Facebook. It really is a sign of the times. In fact we are asking you to do the same thing. But our aim may be somewhat different. We are not in it for the numbers, we are doing this for the engagement. A superficial click to like can make executives happy when they show more followers and more fans, but what really counts is what you do after the click.
Don't get us wrong, we do want your click, but we will ask a little more from you. After you click 'like' make sure you stick around a while, leave a comment, send us a tip about advance care planning in the news, share what you read here with your friends. Get people excited about what you really like. Then your click on the 'like' button becomes much more valuable.
We promise to populate the different platforms with different information. It won't just all be copycat, automatically forwarded messaging. Stay tuned on which ever platform you like best as we will be sending tips in the next several weeks about how best to engage people.
On behalf of the National Healthcare Decisions Day leaders, we would like to welcome you to the new website. The goal for 2011 is to leverage the strengths of the social web to help promote NHDD. Since 2008 NHDD has been a force in grassroots action with events taking place across the United States in hospitals, nursing homes, churches, synagogues and businesses.
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