What is National Healthcare Decisions Day?
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is on April 16.
NHDD is a day designed to help raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for end-of-life healthcare decisions. The day of observance exists to inspire, educate and encourage people to express their wishes for their advance directives, whatever they may be.
NHDD is a collaborative effort to highlight the importance of advance care planning and to provide tools for making these decisions. The initiative is supported by national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults take the opportunity to communicate and document their advance healthcare decisions.
What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance care planning includes completing an advance directive (also known as a living will) and appointing a medical power of attorney (someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself). Then, most importantly, sharing your decisions and care wishes with your loved ones.
A myriad of resources for engaging in conversations and for documenting wishes are available.
Additional resources can be found on the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership's Resources page.
National Healthcare Decisions Day Toolkit
We've compiled a helpful toolkit of assets and items to support Arizona National Healthcare Decisions Day events and efforts for your organization, including an event planning guide, graphics, images, photos, etc. to promote your AZ NHDD initiatives.
The Arizona End of Life Care Partnership is hosting a number of events for Arizona National Healthcare Decisions Day, including workshops for filling out your own advance directives.
To view additional offerings, visit our Events calendar.
Arizona National Healthcare Decisions Day Partners