Thursday, July 16, 2015  ·  8:15AM - 4:30PM


Conference Presentation Materials Now Available 




Featuring Keynote Speakers

Kris Maser, JD  
  • Planning for a Good Life: An Attorney's Personal & Professional Journey into Advance Care Planning    Read more here

Ruth Bachman
  • A Narrow Spot in the Hourglass:  Lessons in Integrity, Courage & Grace   Read more here


Concurrent Sessions (attendees select one)  Read more here
  • Where Are They Now?  Allina, Fairview, and HealthPartners/ Park Nicollet speak on their ACP growth, change, and plans for the future
  • Spiritual Perspectives: Breaking New Ground
  • Voices of Advance Care Planning: A Multicultural Tool
  • ACP in Greater Minnesota: Developing ACP Programs beyond the Twin Cities
Additional Sessions and Topics include
  • ACP Growth in Minnesota and Nationally
  • Taking a Stand:  University students share their work with ACP
  • Reducing Health Care Disparities: a new Honoring Choices video resource
  • ACP Outcomes: 7 Years Down the Road

Regular Price: $129
Earlybird Special through 6/16: $99
Student Price: $50

Note: Friday July 17 special session for Honoring Choices National Network Partners


To see details of the 2014 conference, please click here.

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Please click on any resource or handout from the 2014 Sharing the Experience Conference.

You are welcome to use any of these resources for personal or professional purposes as long as you credit Honoring Choices Minnesota as the provider of the information.

Thanks for your interest!

Conference Program

Health Care Directive

Keynote Speaker Greg Plotnikoff, MD

ACP in a Medical Setting:  Panel Discussion

Islam & Judaism: ACP Conversations & Stories of Faith

LEARN Cross Cultural Communication

ACP Without a Stethoscope


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2014 Sharing the Experience Overview
Thursday, July 17, 2014
 8AM Doors Open        Hallway Exhibits Open
 8:30AM Welcome by Honoring Choices
Medical Director, Ken Kephart, MD
9:00AM Opening Keynote Speaker, Dr. Greg Plotnikoff 
10:00AM Info Sessions: 
  •   Outcomes as Stories
  •   Medical Students Share
11:00AM Honoring Choices News & Updates
12:00 Noon Lunch served, Hallway Exhibits Open
Epic Representative Tyler Ackerson talks about news & updates for ACP in Epic
1:00PM Concurrent Break-out Sessions:
  •   ACP in Healthcare Settings
  •   LEARN Model of Cross-Cultural Care
  •   ACP Without a Stethoscope
  •   ACP and Faith: Jewish and Muslim Perspectives
2:45PM Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Kao Kalia Yang
3:45PM Final Thoughts and A Look Ahead
Registration Opens May 1
Online for individuals or groups (discounts available for 4+ registering together)

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Honoring Choices is becoming recognized as a national leader in Advance Care Planning collaboration.  This year we proudly offer our second annual National Network gathering at Sharing the Experience:  two special meetings designed to specifically focus on the needs of our other-state partners and to shape - together - the future of how we can support one another and work together towards our common goals.

Thursday evening, 5:00-6:00PM 
Following the main conference, we invite all conference attendees from other states to stay at the site for an evening "Meet & Greet" - a chance for introductions and informal conversations as we share our stories and contact information.

Friday morning, 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Honoring Choices hosts a 4-hour seminar at the Twin Cities Medical Society offices (next door to the hotel) exclusively for representatives of our Honoring Choices National Network sites.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you would like covered ahead of time so that we can best prepare to make this session meet your needs.  We'll provide breakfast!

Minnesota is lovely in July, and we invite you to consider staying the weekend to explore all the area has to offer! 

Theater and Music:  Minnesota is home to many award-winning theaters.  See The Music Man at the Guthrie or explore one of the several other live-performance options!

Parks and Lakes: Famous for its natural beauty, Minneapolis alone has 197 parks and over 50 miles of paved park walkways.  There are also opportunites to rent bicycles or roller skates if you want to be more active!

Major League Baseball The Minnesota Twins play at home in their beautiful outdoor stadium on Friday and Saturday nights.

Theme Parks:  Bring the kids and enjoy ValleyFair or Nickelodeon Universe (and go shopping at the Mall of America while they play!)

We are happy to offer suggestions, our personal favorites, and help you make arrangements for a terrific visit to our home.

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From 1:00-2:30 we invite you to select the break-out session which most closely aligns with your interests and training needs.  Handouts for all sessions will be available for all attendees. 

The LEARN Model of Cross-Cultural Care

Beginning ACP conversations is difficult at best. When adding the complexities of race, ethnicity, heritage, tradition, age, economics and education, patient-centered care becomes particularly challenging.  This session demonstrates the international LEARN Model of cross-cultural communications in the healthcare setting. Participants will demonstrate during the session how to effectively use this model in any cross-cultural ACP conversation. 

LEARN is an acronym for five vitally important things that every health care provider must demonstrate with every patient: Listen, Explain, Acknowledge, Recommend and Negotiate

Michael Westerhaus, MD, MA

Michael is an internal medicine primary care physician at the Center for International Health in St. Paul, MN, which provides care to refugees and immigrants. As a member of the Global Health Faculty at the University of Minnesota, he works both in Minnesota and in northern Uganda to improve community-based primary care delivery, teach about the social determinants of health, and build partnerships based upon respect and equality that advance health for all. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2006 and completed the Global Health Equity residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2010. He also received a Master’s in medical anthropology from Harvard University in 2005 and currently conducts ethnographic research on the intersection of primary care delivery, global health, and the intersection of structural forces with the personal lives of patients and health workers.

  Developing an ACP Program within a Healthcare Setting

As interest in and appreciation of the value of Advance Care Planning grows, more and more healthcare organizations are developing a system-wide formal ACP program. 

Moderated by Dr. Kent Wilson, founding Medical Director of Honoring Choices, this panel discussion will include ACP Coordinators and Champions who will share how ACP programs developed within their systems.

Among topics to be covered:
  • Staff Training - deciding who and how many
  • Leadership Commitment - how to help management understand the value of ACP
  • Records - examples of ways to include ACP in the patient's EMR 
  • Challenges - shared stories of what was particularly difficult along the way
  • Successes - shared stories of the success enjoyed by ACP teams
  • Q & A - plenty of time for audience members to ask their questions, with possible division in to sub-groups based on size and maturity of program.
ACP Without a Stethoscope

ACP is a national movement.  From The Conversation Project to Five Wishes, organizations and discussions are happening at all levels, and the media is noticing.

In this session, we will focus on how individuals who are not healthcare professionals can get more involved with Honoring Choices and the ACP movement.  We'll compare volunteer opportunities, ACP programs in non-medical settings such as Corporate Wellness, Law Firms, Faith Communities, and Civic and Special-Interest Organizations.

We'll look at how ACP is portrayed in the media and discuss pros and cons related to the public image of end-of-life cares and options. 

Led by Honoring Choices Program Manager Karen Peterson, this session willalso include input from several volunteers and dedicated professionals who have made ACP a significant focus in their lives.  Participants will be asked to share experiences and offer suggestions for future follow-up for Honoring Choices.
  Jewish and Muslim Perspectives in ACP: Understanding Similarities and Differences

This session explores Jewish and Muslim end-of-life care beliefs and preferences in end-of-life care and decision making. 


During this presentation, Rabbi Michael Latz of Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis, and Dr. Hamdy El-Sawaf, a noted Imam, Professor and founder of many Islamic instutions in Minnesota, will share
  • How faith impacts decision-making when discussing ACP
  • How families make end-of-life care decisions
  • What ACP facilitators should know when bringing Jewish or Muslim families together in end-of-life discussions
  • Descriptions of interfaith variations in Jewish and Muslim end-of-life beliefs
  • Offer help for providers to best avoid stereotyping and making inaccurate conclusions

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