Helping States Become Conversation Ready – 10/19 Community Call Preview

Posted on 10/11/2016

The Conversation Project is now working with over 400 organizations across the country (and beyond) to promote discussions about end-of-life care. Our community partners include hospitals and health systems, hospice and home care agencies, congregations and faith organizations, universities, community groups, financial services firms, foundations and government agencies – among many others. Each of the organizations we work with is helping to bring about national change by reaching people where they work, live and pray in their community.

We’ve witnessed some incredible success in making communities Conversation Ready, although we know that introducing this work at any level is no easy task. It requires assembling a team, identifying a target audience and developing a strategy for engaging them in this work by connecting it to the values that matter most to them. Determining who the stakeholders are and forming partnerships is crucial. Then there’s the challenge of actually executing. Achieving cultural change is never simple and there is certainly not a one-size-fits all approach.

Some organizations have taken things to the next level by working to spread The Conversation Project to people across an entire state. Helping to make a state become Conversation Ready requires many of the steps that organizations go through at the community level, but also comes with a whole host of new challenges. Join us for our community call on Wednesday, October 19th at 3:00 pm ET to hear from Donna Gray, Project Coordinator at The Conversation Project in Central Florida, to learn how she has been working to engage people across the state. You’ll learn about identifying strategic regions in a state to work with, connecting and convening statewide groups, and the successes and challenges met along the way.

Please e-mail zrubin@ihi.org for the connection information for call, with the subject title “Community Call.” We look forward to connecting with you then!

2 Responses

  1. Lia Miller says:

    I run a group called Cafe Mortal which encourages discussion of and exploration into attitudes surrounding death and dying. I am working to put together resources and would like to know if you are working with groups in North Carolina to spread The Conversation Project. If so, which groups? If not, I would like to learn more about how to connect with you.
    Thanks greatly,
    Lia Miller
    Executive Director and Co-founder
    Creative Aging Network-NC

    • Laura Baker says:

      Hi Lia,

      We would love to connect you to other groups in North Carolina who are working on the Conversation Project. Watch out for an email from us!

      Laura Baker
      The Conversation Project

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