Ninety percent of people say that it’s important to talk with loved ones about the health care they would want if they were unable to communicate with their providers. Yet only 27 percent have had that conversation.
Speak(easy) Howard encourages people to take two critical first steps in advance care planning: to speak with loved ones about their health care wishes and to identify a health care agent who can communicate these wishes if they are unable to speak for themselves.
Since June 2016, more than a dozen organizations including faith groups, health care providers and community groups have started this work with hundreds of local residents. The campaign will launch community-wide outreach efforts in late 2017.