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It’s About the Conversation: Advance Care Planning (Grand Rapids)

March 13, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Wealthy Theatre Annex – Front Studio (map below)
1110 Wealthy Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Note New Venue – See additional info below

No one can predict when a sudden illness or accident may leave you unable to make personal healthcare decisions.  Who would speak for you if you could not speak for yourself? Would they know what to say about what medical treatment you would, or would not, want? Would they follow your preferences regarding other aspects of your care?

Regardless of where you are in your life – whether you’re healthy and young, or living with chronic illness – Advance Care Planning (ACP) builds the foundation for a lifetime of conversations to ensure that as your life unfolds your preferences for healthcare are known. The culmination of these conversations is an Advance Directive, a legal document that should be shared with your family members, patient advocates, and healthcare providers.

“It’s About the Conversation”: Values-based Decision Making is a presentation designed to help you understand more about:

  • What is Advance Care Planning (ACP)?
  • How do I choose an effective Patient Advocate?
  • Patient Advocate Boot Camp: How to effectively speak on someone’s behalf.
  • Does my existing Advance Directive meet my needs (Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare)?
  • Steps to creating an effective Advance Directive.
  • How to easily make your Advance Directive available to hospitals.

At the end of the presentation, you will have the opportunity to schedule a FREE appointment with a trained ACP Facilitator to help you clarify your preferences for care, help you talk with your chosen Patient Advocate(s) about your preferences, and prepare your personal Advance Directive. 

Making Choices Michigan, established in 2010, is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit, community-driven collaborative committed to helping people discuss, decide, and determine their preferences for future healthcare; documenting those preferences in an advance directive (AD); and making the document available to healthcare providers and educating the healthcare community to honor a person’s AD to ensure that their preferences are respected. We believe that every person should be empowered to advocate for their personal health by identifying their preferences for healthcare. We believe that every person deserves to have their preferences honored by their healthcare providers.

Meetings are open to the Public and the venue is handicap accessible.

Exterior image of the Wealthy Theatre Annex Building
Wealthy Theatre Annex Building – 1110 Wealthy Street SE

Reminder: This will be our first event at our new venue in the Front Studio of the Wealthy Theatre Annex!

FREE Parking is available in the Wealthy Theatre lot behind the main building follow the driveway immediately to the East of the Annex Building and around to the left. Handicap parking is available immediately behind the Annex Building. Street parking and the lot behind the Annex is also free after 5pm.

After the meeting, join us at Brick Road Pizza, just down the block at 1017 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids, to continue the conversation, and enjoy food & drinks. View Map

Center for Inquiry Michigan values full participation for all attendees at all of our events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting Jennifer Beahan at jbeahan@centerforinquiry.net or 616-706-2029 at least three days prior to the event.

CFI MI values the full participation for all attendees at our events, including individuals with disabilities, in accordance with our https://cfimichigan.org/culture-expectations-events/. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting the event host at least three days prior to the event.

Cost: FREE / Suggested Donation $5. Ways to Support CFI & Donate Online

Contact: Jennifer Beahan, michigan@centerforinquiry.net, 616-698-2342

About Dr. Carol Robinson

Community Coordinator, Making Choices Michigan

Dr. Robinson, DNP, RN, CHPN, has had a varied nursing career in both clinical and administrative leadership positions. Her clinical specialty has focused on adults and children with life-limiting disease. Her passion for the care of chronically ill patients and families led to extensive experience with patient/family communication relative to quality of life and treatment preferences.  Her scholarly work has focused on communication skills for health professionals, including advance care planning conversations. Her friendly and open approach has helped many individuals create an advance directive reflective of one’s own personal values, beliefs, and preferences for end-of-life care.