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#NHDD

With eight months until the fifth annual National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th, 2012, NHDD is announcing the launch of a new TweetChat dedicated to connecting advance care planning advocates across the country. For the past two years NHDD advocates have used the hashtag #HaveTheTalk to encourage advance directive discussions. This year we will be using #NHDD as the official hashtag to share advance directive resources instead of #HaveTheTalk mostly because we want to avoid any confusion with the other kinds of "talks" happening for public health.

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Silly Social Media

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?

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Thank You

'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.

 

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HaveTheTalk

Tonight the hospice and palliative care online community will be dedicating their weekly #hpm Tweetchat to discussing advance care planning with the #HaveTheTalk hashtag as a way to support the NHDD initiative. 

But lets take a step back and start off with some basics... so this # symbol, what is this about? 

For people not on Twitter, we’ll start by explaining a hashtag which basically is a way on Twitter to organize Tweets (short messages on Twitter) around a topic. Placing the # symbol in front of a word

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Send Us Your Tips

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.


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Social Media Resources

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Welcome to the new NHDD site!

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.


Over the next few months we will be providing you with the tools to share, like, tweet, and comment about NHDD events, facts and resources.

New for 2011 is the NHDD blog which will be updated frequently with stories about advance care planning from patients and families, highlights of events planned for your community, posts addressing some of the 'controversial' aspects so you have the facts, and tips for how you can be an online advocate for NHDD.

We are present on multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare, Scribd and YouTube. If you frequent any of those sites, please help support our outreach there as well.

Also new this year is a chance to support NHDD on a yearly basis with contributions levels that will represent your organizations level of support. More info will be coming in the next week.  We appreciate our supporters and will be unveiling some innovative ways in which to thank them while also supporting NHDD advocacy.

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