National Healthcare Decisions Day 2009

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) would like to remind you about an exciting opportunity to promote advance care planning in your community and state… April 16, 2009 has been designated National Healthcare Decisions Day! The National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative, now in its second year, is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.  For more information, visit

ANA is proudly participating in this event along with a broad array of other organizations.  We hope that you will participate with us to raise awareness about these important issues across the country.  If you have not already done so, please sign up your organization at: and confirm your participation. In its first year (2008), NHDD enjoyed participation by 76 national organization and nearly 400 state and local organizations, and hundreds of thousands of people learned more about—and took action—on advance directives.  Please help us ensure that ANA is well represented at the local level on April 16, 2009.

Please know that you need not change what you are already doing to educate the public about advance healthcare decision-making and advance directives--instead, you are simply encouraged to make a “bigger splash” in your community/state regarding the topic on April 16, 2009. To assist in this effort a host of outreach materials and suggestions are available on the NHDD web site at: “Organize Your Community."

Finally, the success of this event depends largely on activities at the state and local level. The event organizers are currently seeking volunteers to serve as state liaisons for this event. This is a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively with other healthcare organizations and a great chance to gain increased recognition for your organization. If you are interested in serving in this role, please follow the “sign up” link.

For additional information or questions about this initiative, please contact:

Thank you for all you are already doing and for making this event a success