We are pleased to share with you our new EOLCNY 2021 Annual Report. This report provides an overview of our recent work in legislative advocacy, education for community members and health care professionals, and counseling for New Yorkers seeking information and support on end of life care and options for themselves and family members.
Support of donors, sponsors, and community partners are what make this important work possible.
Governor Signs Advance Care Planning Bill
We celebrate the signing of Assembly Bill A8880A, which requires that a statewide advance care planning campaign be established to:
Promote public awareness of hospice and palliative care services
Inform the public of the importance of advance care planning, and the individual's right to direct and participate in their health care decisions
Educate individuals on the tools available to ensure their health care decisions are honored
Raise awareness of the need and importance for consumers and patients to have an advance directive (particularly a Health Care Proxy); and the need and importance for health care providers to play a leadership role in discussing end-of-life care preferences and values with patients and to provide patients with Health Care Proxy forms
New Medium Article: One of the most significant sources of power is awareness of our options in all facets of life
By Naomi Edmondson
Here's an excerpt:
"As part of my Pride celebrations last month, I worked through the End of Life Care Community Advocate Training, created by End of Life Choices New York. I was moved to register for this course because I want to further my understanding of advance care planning for myself and my communities. To me, one of the most significant sources of power, especially for QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color), is awareness of our options in all facets of life. Here are some things I have taken away from this course so far..."
Our End of Life Care Community Advocate Training prepares professionals across disciplines to be better prepared to advocate for the communities they serve when planning for, or navigating, serious illness and the end of life. This course offers formal CEUs for licensed New York social workers and CHES/MCHES, but would be valuable to any profession.
Our other courses for social workers cover a range of topics including grief, palliative care, COVID-19, and voluntarily stopping eating and drinking.