Advance care planning is a process that helps you communicate your values and wishes for medical treatment in case illness or injury prevents you from speaking for yourself. This planning process clarifies what family, friends, and health care providers need to know if you become unable to make health care decisions. Planning now for health care in the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want.
The East Bay Conversation Project was a community-wide coalition dedicated to promoting understanding and engagement in "The Conversation" about advance care planning to ensure that individuals' health care treatment preferences were known, documented, and honored. The project provided resources to engage in advance care planning and recruited organizations and individuals to champion the effort. It was supported by grant funding and administered by the ACCMA Community Health Foundation, a charitable subsidiary of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA).
For information in Chinese, please visit the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care. For information in Spanish, please visit PREPARE.
Through an extensive network of volunteers, the East Bay Conversation Project provided the following to health care professionals and the general public:
Advance health care directives (AHCDs) are legal documents through which you express your choices and wishes about end-of-life care in advance. They share your wishes with family, friends, and health care professionals in clear and simple language to avoid confusion later on if you are not able to speak for yourself.
AHCDs and POLST forms: