National Healthcare Decisions Day is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding health care through conversations and the completion of advance directives. NHDD is also working with providers and facilities to ensure that individual wishes are respected, whatever they may be.
The NHDD coalition includes more than 75 national organizations as well as 375 state and community organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and at international US Military bases. Many of these community organizations are hosting events and outreach activities on April 16.
The day will highlight 50 independent—but coordinated—state events, supported by a national media and public education campaign. In all respects, the event is inclusive and brings together a variety of players to work on a common project, to the benefit of patients, families, and providers.