National Healthcare
Decisions Day

About National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)

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.

A National, State and Local Effort.

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 end-of-life care preferences.

What Is Advance Care Planning?

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.

NHDD Resources

We’ve compiled resources for engaging in conversations and for documenting wishes.

Arizona Resources

Arizona Resources for Advance Care Planning

We’ve compiled a list of resources to help all Arizonans think through, discuss, and prepare advance directives—for themselves and for…
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Advance Care Planning: Glossary of Terms

When working through advance care planning, you’ll may encounter some unfamiliar words. Or you may wonder exactly what they mean…
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5 Reasons to Complete Your Advance Directives Before Assisting Others

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Advance Directives, From A to Z

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Who will speak for me if I cannot speak for myself? Choosing a Health Care Power of Attorney

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NHDD Toolkit

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.

NHDD Badges

Use this series of badges promote awareness for Arizona National Healthcare Decisions Day. The download includes five designs: Two include…

NHDD Logos

Use this series of logos promote awareness for Arizona National Healthcare Decisions Day. The download includes color logo versions with…

NHDD Website Banners

This series of digital banners promote awareness for National Healthcare Decisions Day. Each banner has space beside the logo for…

Guide to Getting Started with Advance Directives

Making decisions about critical and end-of-life healthcare can seem daunting. We created this guide to help you, your patients, your…

Campaign Infographic Slides + PDFs

We’ve adapted our bold infographic poster to a format that tells the same story in three images. These images can…

Let's Be Direct Explainer Video

Advance directives is a complicated subject. It asks people to contemplate the last moments of their lives. And imagine taking…

Helpful Videos

We’ve assembled a collection of videos to help inform your advance care planning.

Let’s Be Direct

Wishes Registered. Wishes Honored.

Advance Care Planning Frequently Asked Questions

Have a Say in Advance Care Planning

Who Will Speak for You?

Choosing a Healthcare Power of Attorney