April 16, 2024 National Healthcare
Decisions Day

What Matters Most to You?

You play a vital role in deciding what's most important in your medical care. This is true for all your health care decisions, but it's especially important if you find yourself unable to communicate your preferences.

Join fellow San Franciscans on April 16th in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day to learn about advance care planning and steps you can take to take control of your health and health care decisions.

Advance Care Planning: A Path to Empowerment

Advance care planning is a vital process designed to prepare people for effective communication and decision-making about their medical care. This proactive approach enables patients, along with their family and friends, to ensure their medical preferences are known and respected, thereby alleviating family stress and increasing the likelihood that they receive care consistent with their wishes.

Engage in the Conversation

Eighteen organizations have united to highlight the importance of advance care planning. Together, we are hosting a press conference and a series of workshops throughout San Francisco. Our goal is to shine a light on the crucial role of advance care planning and to support individuals in preparing for medical decisions. This includes contemplating what matters most to you, selecting someone to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so, and learning how to communicate your future health care preferences with your family, friends, and health care providers. These workshops, offered in multiple languages, will promote culturally sensitive discussions about advance care planning. They are available via Zoom or in person, hosted in trusted community settings throughout the city. Learn more about advance care planning here.

Join fellow San Franciscans on April 16th in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day for a Kick-off Event and Press Conference at Bayview Senior Services.

What:

Kick-off Event & Press Conference

Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 16th
9:30am to 10:30am

Location:

Dr. George Davis Senior Center
1753 Carol Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124 Map to location…

Featured Speakers:

  • Cathy Davis Executive Director, Bayview Senior Services
  • Supervisor Shamann Walton District 10
  • Kelly Dearman Executive Director, Department of Disability and Services
  • Anni Chung Executive Director, Self Help for the Elderly
  • Dr. Kim Rhoads Director, Office of Community Engagement, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Reverend Natalya Johnson Chaplain, UCSF

Who's Invited:

All members of the San Francisco community are invited to join.

Join a Workshop

Join a workshop hosted in partnership with community leaders throughout the city.

Wednesday, April 10 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Next Village San Francisco Advance Care Planning Workshop

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop

Location: Next Village

Facilitators: Christina Irving, Family Caregivers Alliance

Audience: Open to all community members

Language: English

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Monday, April 15 • 10:30am - 11:30am Self Help for the Elderly Advance Care Planning Workshop

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop

Location: Woolf House Senior Center (Community Dining Room) - 801 Howard Street

Facilitators: Sao Leng U, Self-Help for the Elderly

Audience: Open to all community members

Language: Cantonese

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Monday, April 15 • 12:00pm Mettle Health Advance Care Planning Workshop

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop

Location: Zoom

Facilitators: Bridget Sumser, LCSW

Audience: Open to all community members. Registration required and opening soon. Click the Zoom link above to register.

Language: English

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Monday, April 15 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Mission Neighborhood Center Advance Care Planning Workshop

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop

Location: Mission Neighborhood Wolfsohn Campus

Facilitators: Claudia Perez-Vaughn

Audience: Open to all community members

Language: Cantonese

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Tuesday, April 16 • 10:00am - 3:00pm Health Care is a Personal Choice: Caregiver Resources and ACP

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Location: Sprout Plaza, UC Berkeley

Facilitators: Comfort Homesake, Medical Volunteer Association, UC Berkeley

Audience: Open to all community members.

Language: English

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Tuesday, April 16 • 10:30am - 11:30am Bayview Senior Services Storytelling and Advance Care Planning Workshop: Taking Control of Your Health and Health Care Decisions

Activity: Storytelling and Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop

Location: Dr. George Davis Senior Center

Facilitators: Reverend Natalya Johnson, UCSF

Audience: Open to all community members

Language: English

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. Logo of UCSF Pallative Care Medicine.

Tuesday, April 16 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm Make Your Wishes Known: An Introduction to Advance Health Care Planning

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop

Location: Zoom

Facilitators: UCSF MERI Center and Stanford Palliative Care Center for Excellence

Audience: Open to all community members. Registration required and opening soon. Click the Zoom link above to register.

Language: English with Spanish & Mandarin Interpreters

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Tuesday, April 16 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Mission Neighborhood Center Advance Care Planning Workshop

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop

Location: Mission Neighborhood Wolfsohn Campus

Facilitators: Claudia Perez-Vaughn

Audience: Open to all community members

Language: Spanish

Logo of MNC – Inspiring Success / Inspirando Éxito.

Wednesday, April 17 • 10:00am - 12:00pm On Lok 30th Street Senior Center Advance Care Planning Workshop

Activity: ACP Workshop using PREPARE

Location: On Lok (Social Room) - 225 30th Street Senior Center

Facilitators: Axel Herrera, UCSF Division of Geriatrics

Audience: Open to all community members

Language: Spanish

Logo of On Lok – Where seniors embrace life.. Logo of UCSF – Geriatric Department of Medicine.

Wednesday, April 17 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Advance Care Workshop (ACP) for IHSS Staff

Activity: ACP Workshop for IHSS Staff

Location: San Francisco IHSS Public Authority

Facilitators: Christina Irving, Family Caregivers Alliance

Audience: IHSS Staff

Language: English

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Wednesday, April 17 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm Stories in the Dark: Emerging from the Shadows of Illness

Activity: Storytelling Event Around Serious Illness Care

Location: Center SF

Facilitators: Community will be invited to share stories

Audience: Open to all community members. Enter the following discount code when registering: reimagineNHDD

Language: English

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Thursday, April 18 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and AAMG Advance Care Planning Workshop for Chinese Seniors

Activity: ACP Workshop (lunch included) with 1:1 follow up appointments led by Self Help for the Elderly

Location: Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Facilitators: Donnie Nelson, Dignity Health

Audience: Open to all community members. Those attending should sign up at Lady Shaw Housing.

Language: English with Cantonese Translation

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. Logo of All American Medical Group (AAMG)
. Logo of Self-Help for the Elderly.

Friday, April 19 • 10:00am - 12:00pm On Lok 30th Street Senior Center Advance Care Planning Workshop

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop Using PREPARE

Location: On Lok (Social Room) - 225 30th Street Senior Center

Facilitators: Reverend Natalya Johnson, UCSF Chaplain

Audience: Open to all community members

Language: English

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Wednesday, April 24 • 10:00am - 11:30am Palliative Care Training for Care Navigators

Activity: Palliative Care Training for Shanti Care Navigators

Location: Shanti Project Offices

Facilitators: Bridget Sumser, UCSF

Audience: Shanti Project Care Navigators

Language: English

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. Logo of UCSF Pallative Care Medicine.

Date & Time TBD • Time TBD San Francisco Village Advance Care Planning Workshop

Activity: Advance Care Planning (ACP) Workshop

Location: San Francisco Village

Facilitators: Bridget Sumser, UCSF

Audience: Open to all community members

Language: English

Logo of San Francisco Village
. Logo of UCSF Pallative Care Medicine.

Thank You to Our Partners

All American Medical Group (AAMG)

Bayview Senior Services

Bay Area Nurses Association

Bay Area Umoja Health

Curry Senior Center

Family Caregivers Alliance

IHSS Public Authority

Mettle Health

Mission Neighborhood Center

Next Village

On Lok 30th Street Senior Center

Reimagine

San Francisco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated

San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services

San Francisco State University School of Nursing

San Francisco Village

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Self Help for the Elderly

Shanti Project

Stanford Medicine/ Palliative Care Center of Excellence

Stupski Foundation

UCSF Meri Center

UCSF Department of Palliative Care Medicine

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

UCSF Weill Institute for Neuroscience

WISE Health SF

Zen Caregiving Project