Monthly Newsletter
October 2019

First Steps® ACP Facilitator Training

Healthcare professionals and community volunteers alike are invited to participate in this evidence-based training to become a certified Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator. As an ACP Facilitator, you have the opportunity to assist individual's through the Advance Care Planning process and help them define what matters most to them.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020
For questions regarding bringing an ACP Training to your workplace or to register for an upcoming date, please contact:

(616) 421-4840
Interfaith Initiative &
First United Methodist Church
In 2016 MCM embarked on our Interfaith ACP initiative.
The original group consisted of 5 different faith/outreach groups. Since their inception, these groups have been instrumental in educating their communities and facilitating ACP conversations. They have been very successful in helping their fellow members create an Advance Directive (AD) that
fits their beliefs, and share their directives with the medical community through the Great Lakes Health Connect Virtual Integrated Patient Record (VIPR). This year we were pleased to welcome First United Methodist Church (First Church), a 184 year-old faith community in the Heartside District. Their inclusive community includes 900+ members with 350 regular attenders. They also provide contracted Chaplain Services to the Clark Retirement Community. Clark has been a long-time supporter of ACP services for their residents.

The Methodist Book of Resolutions includes a section on faithful care for persons suffering death and dying. These tenets include preparing for one’s own death and the concept that patients deserve the truth, are entitled to shared decision-making, and may refuse nourishment and medical care. While their faith affirms life, they believe that relief of suffering versus simply prolonging life is an acceptable goal.

 In their first year of ACP programming, the group of 4 trained First Steps® ACP facilitators hosted numerous ACP education events, reaching 43% of their regular attender population. As a result, 10% of those who attended events went ahead and completed and uploaded their AD! They have more members “in process” and are busily planning events for 2020. Lessons learned included regular follow-up with those who have asked for information and the importance of keeping ACP in front of people. The facilitators especially appreciated learning various approaches for information sharing from their interfaith facilitator colleagues.

Would you like your community to join the ACP Interfaith effort?

Please contact Carol at:

Join us at the Capital Area Summit
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The MTG Space | Lansing, MI
Carla Smith

Former Exec. VP of Healthcare Information and Mgmt. Systems Society
Sarah Esty, J.D.

Senior Deputy Dir.,
Policy and Planning Administration at MI Department of Health and Human Services
Regina Holliday

Patient Rights Activist & Artist; Founder of the Walking Gallery
This day-long summit will offer individuals the opportunity to learn the best practices of implementing Advance Care Planning (ACP) programs in both healthcare and community-based settings. Presentations will help attendees understand recent policy changes, Advance Directive storage/retrieval mechanisms, and how to promote shared decision making at all stages.

RN/SW Continuing education credits available

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Upcoming Events
Thinking Ahead: Facing Healthcare Decisions
When Faced with Memory Loss

Tuesday, October 22 | 6-8 PM
Thursday, October 24 | 10 AM - 12 PM
Natural (Green) Burial and Home Funerals:
What you need to know, before you go!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7-8:30 PM

To learn more about our upcoming events or to register, please visit our events page:

Interested in exploring how you can volunteer with MCM?

Our free community events are made possible by our generous donors. To sponsor an event in your community,
please contact us.

Would you like to sponsor an ACP education event?

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 60,000 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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