April 2018 Public Events

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
It’s About the Conversation: Advance Care Planning
Sponsor: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
Presenter: Carol Robinson, DNP, RN, CHPN, Making Choices Michigan
Location: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids: 1806 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Tuesday, April 17 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM:
Convening Community Conversations on Living & Dying
Location: Grand Valley State University, Pew Campus: Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium
401 Fulton Street W., Grand Rapids, MI 495404

6:30 PM – 7 PM: Light Refreshments
7 PM – 8:30 PM: Presentation and Panel

CE pending approval for social workers and nurses.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 17, 2018. The day is dedicated to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning (ACP). Making Choices Michigan, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is honored to host Cathy Wurzer for a special presentation, followed by a panel discussion with local ACP experts. As a long time broadcast journalist in Minnesota, Cathy partnered with Bruce Kramer, an educator and musician, as he traveled his ALS journey. The award winning series of on-air conversations with Bruce proved to be a life-changing experience for Cathy, professionally and personally. The conversations and book has been described as a “dignified, courageous, and unflinching look at how acceptance of loss and inevitable death can lead us all to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

Cathy Wurzer, Author, Documentary Filmaker
Host: Morning Edition for MPR News

Cathy Wurzer is an author, documentary filmmaker, and host of Morning Edition for MPR News. She is also a four-time Emmy Award winner for her work as the co-host of Almanac, a weekly public affairs program produced by Twin Cities Public Television for Minnesota’s statewide public television network. Additionally, Wurzer is a leadership team member and co-founder of The Convenings, a multi-year effort to help Minnesotans talk about the often-taboo subject of late-life planning and living as meaningfully and fully as possible in spite of disease and disability at the end of life. It has involved an unprecedented collaboration among Minnesota civic leaders, health care, faith, and commercial and public media professionals. The Convenings was honored with the 2017 Board of Governors Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Arts & Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter.

This event is suited for all adults, 18 years of age and older. Event is free of charge, RSVP is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/convening-community-conversations-on-living-and-dying-tickets-43314061524

To register by phone or email, contact Making Choices Michigan at 616-421-4840 or by email: mzoodsma@makingchoicesmichigan.org

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – 6 PM to 7 PM:
It’s About the Conversation
Sponsor: Blythefield Hills Baptist Church
Presenter: Carol Robinson DNP, RN, CHPN, Making Choices Michigan
Location: Blythefield Hills Baptist Church – Rockford Campus: 6727 Kuttshill Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49341

For more information contact Blythefield Hills Baptist at 616-866-9597

Friday, April 27, 2018 – 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM:
First Steps® Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training
Location: Making Choices Michigan, 770 Kenmoor Ave. SE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Instructors: Carol Robinson, DNP, RN, CHPN, Rose Seavolt, BSN, RN, CCP, and Nicky Lewis, LMSW

For more information and to register, visit: http://makingchoicesmichigan.org/facilitator-training-registration/