Following are some Advance Care Planning projects currently underway in New Mexico. Wherever possible we indicate where you can learn more and, if applicable, how you can become involved. If you have questions about these, feel free to contact us.
The Conversation Project is sponsoring its second week-long Conversation Sabbath in November 2016. NMCP is joining this effort by working with NM clergy to engage them and their congregations in having important healthcare conversations. Here is a video from TCP, featuring the Rev. Rosemary Lloyd talking about the important role faith communities can play in supporting these conversations.
National Healthcare Decisions Day/NHDD
Nathan Kotkkamp, a Virginia attorney, started National Healthcare Decisions Day 10 years ago, "...to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning." In 2016 NHDD joined The Conversation Project. In 2017, to celebrate NHDD's 10th anniversary, NHDD and TCP are planning a week long series of activities nationwide to highlight the importance of Advance Care Planning. NMCP is preparing some New Mexico-specific programs to promote ACP throughout our state. Stay tuned.
Advance Care Planning (ACP) Volunteer Navigators: Presbyterian Healthcare Services
The Advance Care Planning Department of Presbyterian Healthcare Services is developing a program to train and "deploy" Volunteer Advance Care Planning Facilitators. Lorrie Griego, Program Manager for PHS's Advance Care Planning, is designing and coordinating the program. She lists the following goals:
- Increase public awareness about the need for ACP
- Support individuals with ACP and the documentation of their preferences
- Encourage communication between patients, families and healthcare providers regarding future healthcare goals
Advance Care Planning for New Mexico's Diverse Communities
Advance Care Planning Throughout Life: The HEALTH CARE COMPANION Initiative