Monthly Newsletter
April 2019
National Healthcare Decisions Day
April 16, 2019
The Naked Truth: 
The price we pay for things unsaid. 
An advocate speaks from experience. 

Presenter: Julie Wallace
Member, Making Choices Michigan Steering Committee
Member, Spectrum Health Bioethics Committee
Person-centered decision-making considers and integrates an individual’s goals, values and preferences when delivering care. It is essential for care team members to listen for and validate what matters most, as failure to do this may result in unwanted or unnecessary care. Storytelling allows individuals to share what is most important to them through their own perspective, allowing a two-way conversation that results in a shared understanding. Through storytelling, this session will share patient and families’ experiences---good, bad, and ugly---demonstrated with the presence or absence of a person-centered decision-making approach to care.

Panelists Include:

Andrew Kline MD, Pharm.D.
Emergency Medicine

Nicky Lewis LMSW
Gerontology, Community Mental Health and Advance Care Planning (ACP) expert

Carol Robinson DNP, RN, CHPN
Palliative Care and ACP expert


Dave Kampfschulte M.Ed.
First Step ACP Facilitator and author of
“I’m Dying to Talk with You”

Grand Rapids First United Methodist Church
227 Fulton E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

6:30-7:00 PM Refreshments and socializing
7:00-8:30 PM Presentation and Panel Discussion

RN and SW CE will be available for $15 at the door or can be paid in advance via registering at

Registration is not required, but is preferred.
Please register by emailing

Click HERE to To learn more about National Healthcare Decision Day
Upcoming Events
First Steps Facilitator Training

Friday, May 10, 2019: 8 AM to 4:30 PM
770 Kenmoor Ave SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Community volunteers and healthcare professionals can participate in evidence-based training to become a facilitator and guide people through their advance care planning conversations.

Our training is a two-part course consisting of four to six hours of online instruction and a full day of training with didactic and role play experience. Participants will learn effective communication and interview skills to empower individuals through the process of discussing, deciding, and documenting their healthcare preferences.

Cost: $210
Includes training, take-home materials, follow-up webinars, lunch, snacks SW/RN CEs, and follow-up webinars with CEs.

Please note that the registration for the May 10 session will close on May 2.

Interested in exploring how you can volunteer with MCM?

Did You Know?
There are many ways to talk to children about death. This article by Corey Turner, featured on NPR, gives helpful tips and guidance on how to have the conversation with kids.

Take a look then checkout the Conversation Project's
Support Our Mission
Encouraging and facilitating advance health care
planning for the people of Michigan.

We believe that every person should be empowered to advocate for their personal health by identifying their preferences for healthcare and designating a trusted friend or family member to be their patient advocate. We also believe that every person deserves to have their preferences honored by their healthcare providers.

Together, with our generous donors and supporters, we’re helping people create a personal plan to clearly communicate their preferences, values, and beliefs about healthcare choices.

Will you join us in empowering our community by
making a gift today?

Our Impact
Thanks to our partners around the state who register their patient and client Advance Directives to Great Lakes Health Connect, we now have over 50,000 documents available in the Community Health Record! Registering these documents makes them available (only as appropriate) to a state-wide network of hospitals, primary, specialty, and allied care organizations, ensuring that healthcare providers will have immediate access to their patient's wishes.
Click here to learn more about registering your patient and client documents or to schedule your ACP appointment today!
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