Planning for National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) 2023

Posted on 03/08/2023

Top 5 most frequently asked questions and answers:

Q: Where can I keep up to date on the latest resources that might help me for NHDD?  

Keep your eye on the What’s New tab on The Conversation Project (TCP)’s main website as we will post any new resources now through April 16th here to help you think about and prepare for NHDD.  

Sneak peak of things to come:  

  • A list of the top resources (e.g. links to videos, articles, stories, etc.) that you can share across your community to jump start conversations in April for NHDD (and beyond). 
  • The most recent activities and ideas we’ve heard from others who are gearing up and already planning for NHDD (e.g. from hosting a film screening of Honoring Choices to creating a TikTok video asking employees if they’ve made their healthcare wishes known to publicizing it through the patient portal) 

And, our NHDD tab serves as a one-stop shop for all resources for NHDD.

Q: Where can I find ideas for activities to host for NHDD? What activities have others found most effective? 

One size does not fit all when it comes to which activities work best to spread the word about National Healthcare Decisions Day and support conversations within your community. What we can say with 100% certainty…there is no shortage of ideas to test out and try. 

We have compiled the following compilations of ideas, with names of groups or individuals all over the country who have participated in NHDD across the last several years. Take a look and see what you think might resonate with those you hope to reach: 

Q: Where can I learn more and who might I connect with in my area? 

  • This NHDD participation map offers contact details of those who have participated in NHDD in the past or are planning something currently for 2023 across the US. 
  • View our Conversation Champions map to connect with others doing similar work in your area.  
  • Join our Conversation Champions Discussion Group, an online community of local leaders who are dedicated to spreading TCP’s initiative to ensure everyone, everywhere expresses their wishes through the end of life. And, use that group to ask questions and connect with others.

Q: How can we share our events with others and find out what other events may be out there? 

  • Join our Conversation Champions Discussion Group:  post your events there and ask others what they might be planning. 
  • Join in and follow along on social media – many groups share using the hashtag #NHDD. Follow @convoproject and @NHDD, share your events and tag us 
  • Send us your events for us to include in our monthly newsletter and sign up so you receive it 
  • Share below in the comments of this blog!  

Q: What other resources are available to share across my community? 

Not only do we have a whole tab dedicated to everything NHDD, but there are so many amazing groups who have ready-made resources for you to use. Peruse this page here and scroll down to see State specific resources and links to over 25 additional groups dedicated to promoting conversations as well as ways to document wishes, and more. You’ll find links to resources for groups such as PREPARE for Your Care, Aging with Dignity (Five Wishes), My Directives, My Living Voice, and more. 

Again, one size does not fit all when it comes to resources to jump start conversations now for NHDD and always. Provide options for individuals to choose what, when, and how they might start these conversations, on their time and in their own comfort zone. 

Thank you for all you do and please share your plans or thoughts below!

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