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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Ken KephartMDHonoring Choices is pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth Kephart has stepped in to the role of Medical Director for the organization.  Dr. Kephart has been a long-time supporter of Honoring Choices and an active participant in its growth in our state. 

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Tuesday January 21 Honoring Choices Minnesota was featured on local NBC station KARE11.  Health Reporter Renee Tessman interviewed HCM Ambassador Terri Traudt, and HCM Medical Director Dr. Kent Wilson about the importance and impact of advance care planning.  View the feature.

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starsAPRIL 16, 2014 is National Health Care Decisions Day.  Honoring Choices Minnesota would like to break all past records in the number of advance care planning education talks delivered throughout the community this spring. 

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Honoring Choices has been featured twice in journals recently:

HCM Transformative ACP
The November 2013 issue of Creative Nursing (Vol 19, issue 4) features an article by Honoring Choices Director of Community Engagement Barbara Greene, MPH.  The article identifies the origin of HCM, how health systems came together collaboratively, how HCM adapted the Respecting Choices model, the impact of public engagement and media/website campaign, and more.  The article is not available for download, but you can receive an email copy by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Multicultural ACP
Key multicultural ACP issues are the focus of a front-page article in the October issue of Minnesota Physician (Vol. XXVII, No. 7).  Co-authored by Miguel Ruiz, MD and Barbara Greene, MPH, the article highlights differences in ACP between majority cultures and minority/multicultural prespectives.  It also identifies differences in beliefs and recommendatrions on how to get beyond specific ACP cultural barriers.  The full article may be read here

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