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Honoring Choices Minnesota

Honoring Choices Minnesota (HCM) is a collaborative, community-wide public-health initiative. The Twin Cities Medical Society, a physician membership association, serves as convener and coordinator for HCM. The initiative hopes:

  • To make advanced care planning the healthcare community’s standard of care for adults
  • To ensure that every person’s healthcare choices are clearly defined and then honored at the end of life.

Advanced care planning includes completion of a healthcare directive, but, ideally, it is about conversations with a trained facilitator who is skilled at engaging patients and their loved ones in discussions about their desires and values related to end-of-life care.

Most healthcare organizations in the metro area have committed to participation in HCM. Seven hospitals and clinics attended training and served as pilot sites from January to June 2010, and several more will participate in the program during the first half of 2011.

Honoring Choices Minnesota, together with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and the Citizens League, are planning a public engagement campaign. For more information, visit at tpt.org/choice or www.metrodoctors.com.

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