North Dakota Palliative Care Task Force

The North Dakota Palliative Care Task Force is committed to improving the quality of life of those facing serious health conditions by promoting patient-centered palliative care and improving access to services. Although it is one of the fastest growing trends in healthcare, palliative care is often misunderstood. The task is set up to develop educational opportunities for providers, patients, and community members to help them clearly understand palliative care and the benefits it offers. The task force aims to increase awareness and utilization throughout the state of North Dakota to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

Honoring Choices North Dakota Promotes National Healthcare Decisions Day

Honoring Choices North Dakota® (HCND) is pleased to present an initiative to increase awareness about the importance of advance care planning. The goal of Before I Die ND is to encourage conversation and help participants reflect on how we manage death and dying by providing space and opportunities to discuss end-of-life issues. The initiative includes public presentations, poster exhibits, digital dialogue and more! The initiative is linked to National Health Care Decisions Day, which encourages adults to make end-of-life wishes known through advance care planning.

We are pleased to share some personal stories of individuals and their thoughts on Advance Care Planning:

2019 First Steps ACP Facilitator Certification

A minimum of 12 participants are required.

  • Date: October 22
    Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Location: Bismarck Public Library, Bismarck
    Entity providing the training: Sanford Health
    Fee: $250
    Registration Deadline: October 17, 2019
    Registration Brochure for agenda, course objectives, instructors, paper registration, and payment method details.
    For more information, contact: Sara Schwarz, or (701) 323-1227

Advance Care Planning Facilitator Certification: Dickinson and Grand Forks

Did you know:

  • 90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important but only 27% have.
  • 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing but only 23% have actually done it.

Maybe it is the time to say, “The time to change this is now.” Having trained First Steps® Advance Care Planning Facilitators at your facility or within your organization demonstrates your commitment to providing the care or service that reflects the values, goals, and preferences of the individuals and families you serve.

Respecting Choices® First Steps® ACP Facilitator Certification is designed for social workers, nurses, clergy, physicians and others who want to assist adults age 18 and older identify the importance of advance care planning (ACP), reflect on their personal values and beliefs, and communicate their care preferences for when they are unable to do so for themselves. This training is designed to help participants develop the skills needed to facilitate advance care planning discussions with any adult. It is not designed for individuals to become advance care planning facilitator instructors. There are 6.75 continuing education units/hours for nurses and social workers available for the face-to-face training. Contact hours are also available for the online modules and continuing education units. The attached brochure provides more information about registration and the pre-course work requirement.

Dates and Location

  • Dickinson: October 5th – Registrations due September 22nd.
  • Grand Forks: November 2nd – Registration due October 19th.

A minimum of 12 registrants is required to hold the training events.

To Register

Either submit your registration form or me regarding your intent to register as early as possible.

Sally May, Program Coordinator
Honoring Choices North Dakota
41 36th Avenue NW
Minot, ND 58703
Phone: 701.989.6229

Do not hesitate to share this invitation with others in your organization and community as appropriate. Have a question? Give me a call.

Improving Quality of Life: It Starts with Competent Caring Conversations

Mark your calendar!

September 18, 2017
9:00am – 2:45pm
Dakota Medical Foundation

4141 28th Ave S, Fargo, ND

The goal of this program is to provide examples of best practices in designing training for nurses, providers, and other clinical healthcare professionals to provide them with the knowledge, skills and practice to confidently approach challenging conversations about preferences for care with patients, families, and other professionals in any healthcare setting. Presenters will share strategies for increasing competency of current and future health professional to ensure these conversations about informed preferences are ongoing and the norm across the state of North Dakota.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe alternative approaches for developing the competency of healthcare professionals in advance care planning.
  • Describe new ways healthcare professionals can involve patients in advance care planning.
  • Identify ways to improve the advance care planning process across all health care settings to promote ongoing dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals.

Please register each attendee from your organization individually. A $15 fee per attendee will be collected at the door to cover the cost of food. Only cash or a check will be accepted. Make checks payable to: Sanford Health Fargo; Striving for Success 1100 10137 in the memo line.

For more information, contact:
Sally May, Program Coordinator
701.989.6229 or