“This topic has taken over my work and personal life in the best way possible”
National Field Director, IHI
I started working with The Conversation Project team in April 2013. My role is to help build a field structure to support the many communities bringing the conversation to their regions. What I didn’t realize when I started was how much I’d be bringing these conversations to my communities. Whether it was the conversation I had with my husband after we got married in July; the chat with my aunt and uncle – and then their elderly neighbor who was excited to learn about it through them; the training session I’ll be doing for my financial planner and her colleagues who want to share this with their clients; or the many conversations with friends… this topic has taken over my work and personal life in the best way possible.
"Anyone can bring this initiative to their own families or networks - and we are happy to help. Please reach out if there is any way we can support you."
I love seeing so many types of community leaders get involved with this initiative; TCP really is meeting people where they work, live, and pray. I’m now working with thousands of individuals and organizations across the country who are remarkably creative with their approaches to spreading end-of-life conversations in their local settings. Our small team in Cambridge, MA, depends heavily on local leaders to help us translate this work to appeal to their community members. They are the best at knowing who to engage, and how.
Anyone can bring this initiative to their own families or networks – and we are happy to help. Please reach out if there is any way we can support you.
Kate DeBartolo, National Field Director, has worked at The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) since 2007. She currently leads both the national field team at IHI as well as for The Conversation Project. Her work on The Conversation Project began in April 2013.