Advance Care Planning is a growing topic of interest for healthcare providers and the public at large.  Honoring Choices Minnesota (HCM) is a nonprofit public health initiative, formed under the auspices of the Twin Cities Medical Society, with the goal of making Advance Care Planning (ACP) the community’s collaborative standard of care, and to ensure that every person’s health care choices are clearly defined and honored.

July 17, 2014 is the fifth annual Sharing the Experience Conference.  This event brings together people working to design and grow ACP programs in healthcare settings, as well as others focusing on education and awareness for the community at large.  The day-long gathering offers keynote speakers, updates and announcements about HCM activities and ACP around the nation, special-interest break -out sessions, and plenty of time for networking and getting to know others in the field.  Details and Registration

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symp plannersAcademic Health Center Students Focus on Advance Care Planning: A UMN Spring Symposium

How can students begin to integrate advance care planning (ACP) and patient-centered end-of-life care into their medical, nursing, social work and other academic studies?

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Friday May 9, 2014, 8AM - 4:30PM  Advance Care Planning First Steps Facilitator Certification Course will be offered to interested healthcare students and professionals, community volunteers, and other interested individuals.  This course follows the Respecting Choices® curriculum to provide the skills to lead conversations on future health care wishes and preferences.  Course information and registraton.

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UMN-MortSci Student1Advance care planning in Mortuary Sciences?  Who would have guessed?

Michael LuBrant, Ph.D., Director of the Program of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota, sees the relevance of advance care planning for his students.  As part of their required coursework, students learn about Honoring Choices and the ACP movement in Minnesota. They listen to patient stories on death and dying from the Honoring Choices MN "Video Stories" website.  And they review the HCM health care directive and identify how to share ACP information with client families they will soon serve. 

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