National Healthcare Decisions day (NHDD) in April is coming up fast. We're hoping all Coalition members will try out some elements of the Good Talk tools this season and let us know how it goes. It can be a poster, a tagline, a social media post or a new event using the language. Your feedback is essential to helping us ensure the Toolkit is the best it can be.
We’ve just added new resources to the Good Talk Toolkit this week: the tools have been culturally adapted to include posters and activity cards in Spanish that organizations can use to engage the people they serve who use Spanish as their primary language. As with everything else, you can find those materials on our toolkit website. Plans are in the works to add other language specific materials, so the toolkit can benefit as wide an audience as possible.
This change is the first of what is sure to be many advances driven by the Coalition’s newly chartered Public Engagement Working group. The 15-member multidisciplinary team is connecting every three weeks throughout in the run up to April to share ideas, provide input and spread the word about the best ways the Toolkit can benefit organizations throughout Massachusetts – as well as other states eager to test out Good Talk materials. Other projects the working group is developing include creating the Good Talk consumer facing website ourgoodtalk.org that will be up and running in late March, designing social media advertisements and developing a two page guide on the Good Talk for clinicians, so they are prepared with consistent language and concepts should a patient come in seeking a “Good Talk.” The working group will be sharing lessons learned, including data on real consumer behavior, among other things, at the Coalition’s 2020 summit in June (registration is already open here).
The NHDD page on the Honoring Choices Massachusetts website also includes many ideas and tools including the Good Talk Toolkit. And don’t worry if you missed The Conversation Project’s NHDD community call earlier this month about this year’s planned events and initiatives that featured Coalition Executive Director Anna Gosline. You can still hear the recording by clicking here.