Monthly Newsletter
May 2019
National Healthcare Decisions Day a Success!
The Naked Truth: 
The price we pay for things unsaid. 
An advocate speaks from experience.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's National Healthcare Decisions Day Event on April 16th at First United Methodist Church! Our keynote presenter and panelists shared their stories on how person-centered decision-making considers and integrates an individual’s goals, values and preferences when delivering care.

Thank you to our presenter, Julie Wallace, and our panelists for helping spread the word on the importance of advance care planning!

Click  HERE to learn more about National Healthcare Decision Day

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
2 Michigan St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Regardless of where you are in your life – whether you’re healthy and young, or living with chronic illness – Advance Care Planning (ACP) builds the foundation for a lifetime of conversations to ensure that as your life unfolds your preferences for healthcare are known.


This presentation is designed to help you understand more about:

  • What is Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
  • How do I choose an effective Patient Advocate?
  • Patient Advocate Boot Camp: How to effectively speak on someone’s behalf.
  • Does my existing Advance Directive meet my needs (Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare)?
  • Steps to creating an effective Advance Directive.
  • How to easily make your Advance Directive available to hospitals.

At the end of the presentation, you will have the opportunity to schedule a FREE appointment with a trained ACP Facilitator to help you clarify your preferences for care, help you talk with your chosen Patient Advocate(s) about your preferences, and prepare your personal Advance Directive

RSVP is not required, but is preferred for adequate seating.
Please register by emailing info@makingchoicesmichigan.org
or call 616-421-4840



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Did You Know?
Advance Care Planning is not just for the sick, elderly, and frail.

Did you know that the leading cause of death in the 1-44 year old age group is unintentional injury? Of those unintentional injuries, the #1 cause in the 5-24 year old group is motor-vehicle traffic accidents (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). In an effort to bring light to the importance of advance care planning (ACP) in this age group, in the past 6 months, we have educated over 500 college-age students!

One student, Rebeca, decided to act on the information she learned during her NUR 267 Clinical Nursing 1 class. She scheduled her appointment, and asked her sister and parents to come along as her selected advocates. During the ACP conversation, they learned more about the need for everyone to have a patient advocate. That day, all 4 left MCM with a completed Advance Directive!

Kudos to this family for having “the conversation” now, and for Rebeca, who is spreading knowledge about ACP. Thank you to the the Grand Valley State University NUR 267 nursing professors who invited Carol to give the ACP presentation during class time. Anchor up! 

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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