Healthcare Decisions Day was April 16 and the opportunity to talk with a colleague or family member is always there - start a conversation.  Please see the Press Release and proclamation from Governor Hassan below:


NH participates in national observance to make advance health care decisions

CONCORD – A new study released today by the Foundation for Healthy Communities found that only 37 percent (506) of 1,363 patients’ medical records reviewed in 25 acute care hospitals had documentation identifying who they would want to make decisions for them if they lacked the capacity to do so. 

The Foundation for Healthy Communities and many other organizations in New Hampshire will observe “National Healthcare Decisions Day” on April 16th in an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare directives.  Governor Maggie Hassen, issued aproclamation recognizingApril 16, 2015, as HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY in New Hampshire

“National Healthcare Decisions Day is a reminder to talk with family or friends about your wishes in the event of a medical crisis,” said Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities. “Conversations and completion of an advance directive allows you to decide who will make your health care decisions if you lack the capacity to do so”.

In a related study of 319 patients, by the NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, from nine hospice programs in in the state, found that 84 percent of the patients surveyed had an advance directive when admitted into hospice. 

“The focus of “National Healthcare Decisions Day” is on education,” LaFrance added. “Its aim is to increase the number of people who understand the importance of advance care directives and planning for serious illness or end-of-life care. 

The Foundation for Healthy Communities provides information to help people address the topic with family, friends and healthcare providers and complete a written advance directive, such as healthcare power of attorney and a living will, in accordance with New Hampshire law. The Foundation’s advance care planning guide and a brief education video are available free of charge on line at


The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in NH communities through partnerships that engage individuals and organizations.   



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2015 annual meeting

Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH


OCTOBER 18, 19 & 20

Yes, you saw right… this year’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for October!  We are planning on perfect fall weather for our time together at the OMNI Mount Washington. Registration information will be sent out this summer.  We are hard at work finalizing this year’s exciting line-up of speakers and events so stay tuned for more announcements soon.  

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