Advance Care Planning – About
Our team is here to support you on your life journey. This is our story.
Why We Do What We Do
We are committed to empowering Michigan residents by documenting their preferences, values, and beliefs in an advance directive, and communicating their wishes to their Patient Advocate(s), family, and broader healthcare system.
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.
We’re dedicated to creating a community culture where it is acceptable to talk about healthcare choices, including end of life, and to respect and honor those choices.
We’re committed to being a neutral advocate, guiding you through the decision-making process to help you clarify what is most important to you to help you determine your preferences for future healthcare.
We’re dedicated to ensuring that your document is available at the time of need by registering it through the MiHIN’s trusted and secure Community Health Record, making it available (only as appropriate) to a state-wide network of hospitals, primary, specialty, and allied care organizations.
What Others Are Saying
I want to thank you both for making this (Advance Care Planning) happen for me. The experience really helped me think through some of my wishes. It gave me some specifics to talk about with my children so that they will understand me and my needs better. They will be surprised that I would like to be in residential hospice if that is necessary. I feel more at peace about the future, even though I probably will never wrap my mind around not “being!” — Judy
Are you interested in becoming a Facilitator?
Let’s Get Started
The steps to discuss, decide, and document your preferences for future healthcare include:
STEP 1 – Initial Conversation
Contact us and schedule your first meeting with a certified facilitator to start discussing your goals and preferences for future healthcare. Your facilitator will guide you through the process and help you identify a great patient advocate, as well as what’s important to you to live a good life. If you already know who you would like your patient advocate to be, they can attend this meeting with you.
STEP 2 – Choose your advocate(s)
If you don’t already know who you would like your patient advocate to be, your facilitator can share with you what qualities to look for in a great patient advocate. You may want to talk to your potential advocates and have a conversation about what it means to advocate for you should you be in a situation where you cannot speak for yourself. Your patient advocate will need to sign a document agreeing to speak for you, and they can do that at home or they can come with you to a meeting with your facilitator if they have further questions.
STEP 3 – Document your Preferences
Put your preferences for healthcare and the names of your chosen patient advocates in writing and make it legal by filling out an Advance Directive form. Your facilitator will help you complete it and ensure that it has the proper signature from you, your patient advocates, and two witnesses. Once the form is complete, make copies to give to your family, advocates and healthcare providers.
STEP 4 – Register your Preferences
Register your document with MiHIN’s trusted and secure Community Health Record. Registering your document makes it available (only as appropriate) to a state-wide network of hospitals, primary, specialty, and allied care organizations. By registering your document, healthcare providers caring for you will have immediate access to your wishes.
We believe that every person should be empowered to advocate for their personal health by identifying their preferences and having them honored by their healthcare provider. We will help you create your personal roadmap to plan for future healthcare decisions. Meet the team that will help you through this process.
Carol F. Robinson
DNP, MS, BSN, RN, CHPN®, Community Coordinator
Dr. Robinson has had a varied nursing career in both clinical and administrative leadership positions. 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. Dr. Robinson was in the first DNP Health Systems Leadership graduating class at the GVSU-Kirkhof College of Nursing. She has since served as an Adjunct Faculty member at GVSU in the nursing program and in the post-graduate interprofessional hospice and palliative care certificate program.
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Monica graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science with a focus in Health and Society. Public health and the well-being of others has always been a driving force in her decisions, a natural fit with the mission & vision of Advance Care Planning. Monica’s early experience as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant gave her firsthand knowledge regarding the importance of having an informed Patient Advocate and Advance Directive. Monica’s past experiences include numerous hours in volunteer and non-profit organizations, an internship with the City of Detroit developing a deliverable to aid residents in receiving utility assistance, co-founder of a woman’s health app, and Program Manager in a Software Development company, managing IT projects. In her free time, she enjoys crafting and spending time with her friends, family, and furry companions.
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