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POLST and End-of-Life Discussions Across Florida and the US (via Compassion & Choices)

These events are posted on the Compassion & Choices Website.

Buffalo, New York
Discussion, “Expanding Options at the End of Life: Changing the Law to Allow for Medical Aid in Dying in New York State
Friday, November 20
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Letro Courtroom, 113 O’Brian Hall
SUNY Buffalo Law School
New York State Campaign Director Corinne Carey will give a talk on expanding end of life options through legislation, followed by a discussion. No RSVP necessary; open to the public; light snacks.

Albany, New York
First Volunteer Training
Wednesday, December 2
6 – 8 pm
First Congregational Church
405 Quail Street
Volunteers will learn about C&C’s campaign and the tools they will need as advocates to win the right to aid in dying in the NYS legislature. To register for the event, email NY@CompassionandChoices.org. Refreshments provided.

New York, New York
1st Volunteer Training – New York City
Thursday, December 3
6:30 -8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Church of All Souls
1157 Lexington Avenue (Reidy Hall)
between 80th and 81st street.
Volunteers will learn about C&C’s campaign and the tools they will need as advocates to win the right to aid in dying in the NYS legislature. To register for the event, email NY@CompassionandChoices.org. Refreshments provided.

New York, New York
First NYC C&C Action Team Meeting
Tuesday, December 8
6:30 p.m.
Location TBD
This will be the first meeting of volunteers in New York City to begin work on our legislative campaign to pass aid-in-dying legislation in New York state.
 

Webinar: The Role of POLST in the Care of People with Dementia

We are excited to announce that Dr. Kenneth Brummel-Smith will present his webinar The Role of POLST in the Care of People with Dementia on Tuesday 11/17. Dr. Kenneth Brummel-Smith is a Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professor of Geriatrics, at Florida State University College of Medicine. He will discuss POLST and advance care planning in the context of dementia.

Date and Time:

Tuesday 11/17/2015 at 2:00pm ET/1:00pm CT/12:00pm MT/11:00am PT/8:00am HT

Register for the webinar

* Feel free to forward on the Registration information to other interested parties.
IOM Looks Deep Into End-of-Life Care


Via Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will host a national action conference March 20 to discuss how the recommendations from the IOM report "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life" could be implemented and what barriers could be a challenge. Panels of long-term care leaders, national policy experts and others will discuss the integration of palliative care and hospice services within the greater long-term care framework, models for public and private payment for high-quality end-of-life care, and other challenges and opportunities.


The “Dying in America” report, released in September, called for improvements to the entire gamut of end-of-life care, including:


• person-centered, family-oriented care;
• clinician-patient communication and advance care planning;
• professional education and development;
• policies and payment systems; and
• public education and engagement.


The day-long conference is free and open to the public. The in-person event will be held at the historic National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C. The event agenda and details for registration are available on the conference page. The program also will be available as a live video webcast, which is free but requires prior registration.


As a way to promote discussion, the IOM is seeking statements and ideas from providers who already have planned actions or changes based on the recommendations in the report. Organizations that wish to share their ideas and actions can submit a short statement to the IOM by March 13.