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 10, 2018 – Registration at 8:45 AM, First Session: 9:30 AM
Legislative Day: Right to Life of Michigan – ” Practical and ethical aspects of end-of-life issues”
Sponsor: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
Special Guest Speaker: Jason Negri, J.D.
Location: Radisson Hotel, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933

Click HERE to learn more and to register online.

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 49504

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.

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

Featured Speaker:
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.

Featured Panelists: 

Joel Phillips, DO
Medical Director, Neuro-Palliative and Support Care
Hauenstein Neurosciences Center
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

Sara Lowe, LMSW
Executive Director
Emmanuel Hospice

Carol Robinson DNP, RN, CHPN
Community Coordinator
Making Choices Michigan

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Dr. John & Kristine Fox
Iris F. Boettcher MD, CMD




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

Monday, April 23, 2018 – 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Community Partner Fair
Sponsor: Grand Rapids Urban Housing Commission
Location: Leonard Terrace Apartments, 1315 Leonard Street NE, Grand Rapids, 49505

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 5 PM to 6:30 PM 
Advance Care Planning Seminar
Sponsor: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s
Location: Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Wege Building, Lower Level: 300 Lafayette SE, Grand Rapids, Conference Room #11

The greatest gift you can give your loved ones is telling them what you want. Your quality of life should never be left up to a guess. Let your loved ones know what is important to you in a healthcare emergency before it happens.

National Healthcare Decision Day is an annual event, which aims to help people across the country, understand the value of Advance Care Planning (ACP) – the process of discussing what a person’s healthcare decisions would be if they were unable to make them as well as designating and preparing a Patient Advocate to make those decisions. In honor of this national event, Mercy Health will be offering a FREE Advance Care Planning seminar to help guide you through this decision process and provide you with tools to help you communicate your wishes to your patient advocate, family/loved ones and healthcare providers.

Spaces are limited so please contact Nicky Lewis at lewisnm@mercyhealth.com or at 616-685-6115 to reserve a space for you and your family/loved ones.

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/