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Current Events

There is growing consensus that in order to achieve quality health care, we must improve functional health literacy. In other words, each of us needs to be educated in order to make informed health care decisions. From a patient perspective, there is a “need to know” information as well as a “need to do” something with information.

This section aims to include current events from across Upstate New York and beyond.  If you wish to post events being held in your area or collaborate to host an all-day MOLST Conference in your region, please contact us.          

2015 Events:


Nov 02 - Life on the Line: The Dangers of Undertreating and Overtreating in End-of-Life Treatment Decisions and
                Religion, Sprituality and End-of-Life Care, 4:00-9:00pm, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr.,
                Rochester, NY 14624. Free lectures/ $15 Dinner More Information


Oct 14 - Aging Symposium: The End of Life Journey, Keynote Speaker Patricia A. Bomba MD, FACP, $75 fee   
               RSVP via flyer by 10/5. 8:00am-4:30pm, Ontario ARC, 3071 County Complex Dr., Canandaigua, NY 14424


Jun 01 - Being Mortal: Exploring the relationship between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, RSVP to
       by May 25, 5:30-7:30pm, Carondelet Pavilion, 380 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam NY


May 07 - Palliative Care Symposium, keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Bomba, RSVP to Dr. Louis R. Belzie (718) 240-6981
                8am-12:30pm, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, 1 Brookdale Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11212
                Flyer Brochure

Apr 08 - End-of-Life Care: Peace of Mind Through Faith-Based Planning - Session 1, Topics: Why Plan End-of-Life
               Care?, Moral and Ethical Considerations, Teachings of the Catholic Church, 7-8:30pm, St. Thomas More
               Church, 2617 East Ave, Rochester, NY Flyer

Apr 09 - Conversations About Dying: Being Mortal, facilitated by Pat Spreitzer, RN, BSN, No registration required
               11:30am-1pm, St. Peter's Hospital - Mercy conference rooms Flyer

Apr 13 - Consider the Conversation: A documentary and panel discussion on end-of-life preparation, RSVP to 
                (845) 790-9356 by 4/8, 5:30pm, Conference Room B, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, 45 Reade Place,
                Poughkeepsie Flyer

Apr 15 - End-of-Life Care: Peace of Mind Through Faith-Based Planning - Session 2, Topics: Advance Care
               Planning, Health Care Proxy, Living Wills, MOLST, 7-8:30pm, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 601
               Edgewood Ave., Rochester, NY Flyer

Apr 16 - The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center Palliative Care Department - National Healthcare Decisions Day,
                10am-2pm, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center Lobby Flyer

Apr 16 - Advance Directives: A Workshop, RSVP to by 4/13, 7pm-8:30pm, St.
                Leo the Great Church, 885 Sweet Home Rd, Amherst, NY Flyer

Apr 17 - Institute for Older Adults Wellness Workshop, guest presenter David Leven, Executive Director of End of Life
               Choices New York, register with Marilyn Pacheco (212) 342-9224, 9am-1pm, 515 Audubon Ave, New York, NY, 
               10440, Ground floor - Larson library Flyer

Apr 28 - Being Mortal, facilitated by Laurie Mante, Executive Director and Dr. Paul Heasley, CMO of The Community
                Hospice, register through link in flyer, 7:30-10:30am, Leading Age New York, 13 British American Boulevard
                Suite 2, Latham, NY Flyer


Mar 05 - NHDD Training Webinar 2: Nuts & Bolts of New York's MOLST Program hosted by Dr. Patricia Bomba, Rev.
                Ken Comer & Pat Spreitzer, RN, 12pm-2pm.
                Watch the recording of this webinar

Mar 26 - NHDD Training Webinar 3: Hosting a Community Conversation: Proven Models and Available Resources
hosted by Dr. Patricia Bomba, Rev. Ken Comer & Pat Spreitzer, RN, 9am-11am.
                Watch the recording of this webinar


Feb 12 - NHDD Training Webinar 1: Community Conversations on Compassionate Care: Conversations Change
hosted by Dr. Patricia Bomba, Rev. Ken Comer & Pat Spreitzer, RN, 9am-11am.
                Watch the recording of this webinar

2014 Events:   


Oct 28  - Leaving on Your Terms: An End of Life Seminar, RSVP to
               2-4pm, Church of Christ/Family Life Center, 219 W Ave. Newark, NY Flyer

Oct 28 - Rochester Elder Law Fair, Register at 1-877-926-8300 or at
              8am-12:30pm, Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY  Flyer


Nov 13 - New Approaches to Palliative Care, Brochure with Registration Info
               8am-4:30pm, Holiday Inn, 1777 Burrstone Rd, New Hartford, NY 

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