National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)

Helpful info and links and why we celebrate it.

National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of

advance care planning.


Since 2008, independent organizations have used April 16 for a collective national effort focused on advance care planning. Advance care planning is a process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for future health care.


Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest's vision is that everyone will receive healthcare that honors personal values and goals at the end of life. Talking about what's important, naming a healthcare agent, sharing those decisions are part of National Healthcare Decisions Day—that's why it's like a national holiday for our organization.


Our aim this year is to break down some common barriers in planning future healthcare decisions by changing who starts the conversation. Most people are already someone's health care agent—they just don't know it yet. Even if a person is not a health care agent for anyone, talking about values and preferences with those who matter to you means you can support them throughout their life and healthcare journey. And, if the time comes, you can support those that might have to make medical decisions for them in a crisis.

A joint initiative between the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association's Foundation, Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is a philanthropic non-profit. Services, which range from helping individuals to supporting other organizations, are free.

Find the NHDD Facebook page here.

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