Minot, N.D. – Honoring Choices North Dakota® received funding to provide healthcare planning training throughout the state. Trained individuals will help their community members discuss healthcare decisions and preferences, and plan for future medical care. There are currently over one-hundred trained facilitators across the state, though most are located in Fargo and Bismarck.
“This project will serve all of North Dakota with a special focus on the western, rural region by providing advance care planning training where it is essentially nonexistent,” says Honoring Choices North Dakota® board president Nancy Joyner. “We will work with tribal leaders, spiritual leaders and community health representatives to encourage individuals to become certified facilitators in advance care planning. The grant enables us to build our ability to share best practices in advance care planning. Our goal at HCND is for advance care planning to be an essential part of conversations with our loved ones about their healthcare preferences.”
The Consensus Council of Bismarck awarded the $10,000 grant through its Community Innovation Grant Program, offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation.
“We are excited to be a partner in this effort, to help Honoring Choices North Dakota® develop and test innovative ideas for training advance care planning facilitators,” Consensus Council executive director Rose Stoller said. “Nearly 15 percent of North Dakota’s population is ages 65 and older. North Dakota has the second highest proportion of older seniors ages 85 and older in the nation at 2.5 percent. About 30 percent of these seniors live alone and nearly all of them have one or more chronic health conditions. Helping these seniors define the care they do or do not want to receive as their health declines is critically important.”
For more information about North Dakota’s efforts regarding advance care planning and healthcare decisions, contact:
Advance Care Planning First Steps Facilitator