National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is on April 16 every year. 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 and document their healthcare preferences in advance directives.
NHDD is a collaborative effort to highlight the importance of advance care planning and to provide tools for making those 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 end-of-life care preferences.
Advance care planning is a process of thinking and talking about what’s important to you, to help you and those closest to you prepare for future healthcare decisions.
Advance care planning involves completing advance directives (documents like a living will) and appointing a health care 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, healthcare providers and/or caregivers.
Thank you for taking the time to join us for a week of 30-minute educational sessions about Arizona’s National Healthcare Decisions Day.
You can find the 2023 Arizona NHDD presentations on our YouTube channel.
We’ve compiled resources for engaging in conversations and for documenting wishes.
We’ve created 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.
We’ve assembled a collection of videos to help inform your advance care planning.