It's been exactly one month and two days since National Healthcare Decisions Day 2011!
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Did you know that at this very second you're participating in social media? Yes, right now! Do you feel silly? Your answer could be 'yes' but more than likely, it's probably 'no' because you read blogs all of the time and turn to them as a trusted source of information, right?
...that’s just to mention a few. Advance care planning has been ripe for media attention for a while and the press is finally taking notice. So here's what they're reporting on:
As you know, the NHDD 2011 team has taken steps to broaden the reach of the initiative and engage more people through social media with @NHDD on twitter and the NHDD Facebook page. Well, recent Dayton Business Journal article “Patients flock to Facebook for health” says we’re doing it the right way! If patients are turning to social media more and more to make their medical decisions, they are certainly running across NHDD!
However, we’re not the only ones embracing non-traditional means of spreading the word about NHDD. In “A drama of dying wishes,” the Charlotte Observer reports that Mecklenburg End-of-Life Coalition and Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, is hosting three, free productions of during this and next month of “Vesta,” a play written about starting the advance care planning dialogue. The production has been deliberately timed to coincide with NHDD in an effort to help people “have the talk.”
Turning our attention away from the stage and back to the presses and the blogosphere, here are a few more noteworthy articles:
- People are chatting, tweeting and Facebooking about the Boston Globe’s very timely (considering we are just FOUR weeks away from NHDD) editorial piece, “At end of life –more planning, more counseling, more dignity.”
- The title of Bridget M. Kuehn’s JAMA article–ASCO: Patients With Advanced Cancer Need Advice on End-of-Life Care Options—is pretty self-explanatory and validates the need for NHDD, Canada’s Advance Care Planning Day (ACPD) and other similar initiatives.
- In his piece, “Live like you’re going to die(because you are),” Huffington Post Blogger Mike Robbins encourages us all to embrace death as a part of life and to plan for it accordingly.
- Also in the Huffington Post, Clinical Psychologist Joseph Nowinski’s post “” is a great way to spark the advance care planning conversation with loved ones. After reading all that your family unit will have to endure and overcome upon receipt of a terminal diagnosis, I'd be thinking : 'why wait and add more stress by not planning in advance?'
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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