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To inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning 

Despite recent gains in public awareness about the need for advance care planning, studies continue to indicate that most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves.  

The goal of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is to help Americans understand that future healthcare decisions include much more than deciding what care we would or would not want.  Healthcare decisions start with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to speak for us if we are unable to speak for ourselves. 

The NHDD initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. 

NHDD will leverage participating organizations' efforts and commitment to:

  • Increase awareness of the benefits of advance care planning so that Americans will be familiar with how to obtain and complete a healthcare power of attorney and/or living will, and talk to others about their decisions.
  • Rally a national media campaign so that Americans will know how to access information and resources to help them make future healthcare decisions.
  • Mobilize national, state and community organizations, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders to initiate outreach and educational activities for people to learn about advance care planning and complete advance directives and to honor those wishes when they become clinically relevant. 

Join the effort, visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org or www.nhdd.org.  It's important because your healthcare preferences matter and they should be honored.  

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