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Countdown to National Healthcare Decisions Day 2020 (April 16)

Posted: January 21, 2020
We’re only 2 months away from National Healthcare Decisions Day 2020 (April 16)! A wide range of stakeholders across the state are already planning to participate in a coordinated effort to raise awareness about the importance of advance care planning on this date by tabling, offering community presentations/screenings, etc.


Won’t you join us?
The Vermont Ethics Network will issue a press release and host a dedicated web page promoting all related events across Vermont, so please be sure to keep us informed on your NHDD activities as the date nears! To share what your organization is planning, please complete this short form. Taking Steps Vermont advance care planning materials are available for order here or at a discounted rate when ordered by March for NHDD events (contact Sarah Brown for bulk NHDD pricing). Poster templates will be available on our Resources page in March. For more information, please contact Sarah Brown, Community Outreach & Special Projects Consultant.


What is NHDD?
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. Learn more about the inspiration and concept behind it via the video below.

As an example of what we hope to achieve in 2020, below is a summary of what we and our partners accomplished during National Healthcare Decisions Day and Vermont Advance Directive Week 2019:

2019 Accomplishments

2019 Image Gallery

Central Vermont Medical Center Information Table
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Information Table
Northwestern Medical Center Information Table
Porter Medical Center Information Table
Rutland Regional Medical Center Navigating Advance Directives Event
Springfield Hospital Information Table
UVM Medical Center Information Table
UVM Medical Center Say it Out Loud Event