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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.          

2017 Events:


Apr 08 - Engaging Patients in Advance Care Planning Conference 7:30am-12:30pm Adam's Mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY
                CE Credits Available. Physicians - $50, Other Healthcare Professionals - $20. Register, Flyer.

Apr 17 - The Proxy Project of CNY will offer an Advance Care Planning Workshop 9:30-10:30am Liverpool Public
                Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool, NY 13088

Apr 19 - Hospice of CNY Open House 10am-12pm 990 7th North St., Liverpool, NY 13088. Will have Healthcare
                resources available and can answer any questions you might have

Apr 20 - The Proxy Project of CNY will offer an Advance Care Planning Workshop 1-2pm Manlius Senior Center

Apr 20 - Are Your Affairs in Order? an end of life issues workshop presented by Buranich Funeral Home. Begins 6pm
                Guyder Parish Center, 5600 W. Genesee St., Camillus, NY. To RSVP call (315) 487-2412.

Apr 21 - Project Independence and You Radio Show - seniors, their families and caregivers encouraged to tune in to
               learn about advance care planning, MOLST & eMOLST. 10:00am, on or 88.1 FM in northern                and central Nassau County.

2016 Events:


Sep 17 - Engaging Patients in End of Life Discussions: Honoring Patient Wishes and Values 7:30am-12:30pm
                Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Buffalo, NY 14225. Physicians - $50, Healthcare Office Professionals -
                $20. Visit to register. Flyer

Sep 23 - MLMIC 2016 Risk Management Seminar 10:00am-2:30pm Sheraton Syracuse University, 801 University
                Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13201. Register by 9/9 via flyer.

Sep 30 - The 30th Annual Conference Spanning the Continuum of Care: Innovations in Geriatric Health Practice
                8am-3pm. Monroe Community Hospital, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620. Registration $30. Flyer


Jun 06 - Changing the Conversation About Serious Illness: The Future of Palliative Care 6/6 12-6pm & 6/7 8:30am-
                4:30pm. Westchester County Center - 198 Central Ave. White Plains, NY 10606. For registration information
                & pricing visit Flyer


May 18 - Financial Exploitation of Older Adults - 3:00-4:30pm, Lifetime Care, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY
                14623. RSVP by 5/13 to Flyer

May 19 - Managing Conflict, Finding Meaning: Supporting Families at Life's End DVD Presentation, 1-3:30pm and
                6-8:30pm, David Klein Center for Compassion and Healing, Lifetime Care, 3111 Winton Rd., Rochester, NY
                14623. Register by 5/16 by calling (585) 475-8800 Flyer

May 25 - Healthcare Decision Day - 1-5pm in Peconic Bay Medical Center Conference Rooms A, B & C. To RSVP,
                please call (631) 548-6827 Flyer


Apr 14 - NHDD Community Education Event, 5:30-6:30pm, Hospice Buffalo, Administrative Building, 225 Como Park
               Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227 RSVP (716) 989-3070 or More Info

Apr 14 - MOLST & eMOLST Presentation for Suffolk Care Collaboration (DSRIP), 9:30am, Room 105, Health, Sports and
               Education Center (HSEC), Suffolk County Community College, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd, Brentwood, NY 11717

Apr 14 - Conversations Change Lives: Know Your Choices. Share Your Wishes, 5:30pm, Suffolk Y Jewish Community
               Center, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY. Register by 4/11 by calling (631) 462-9800

Apr 15 - Project Independence and You Radio Show - seniors, their families and caregivers encouraged to tune in to
               learn about advance care planning, MOLST & eMOLST. 10:30am, on or 88.1 FM in northern                and central Nassau County.

Apr 16 - The CHAT (Conversations on Health and Treatment) - free community education program for seniors and
               their families. 2:30pm, Maria Regina Residence, 1725 Brentwood Road, Building 1, Brentwood, NY. Pre-register
               by contacting Cathy Criscuola (631) 299-3192

Apr 19 - Symposium: Have You Had the Conversation Yet? 8:30am-1:00pm, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical
               Center - 1 Brookdale Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11212 Flyer

Apr 25 - Conversations Change Lives: Ministering to Faith Communities About Choices for Life, Death and Bereavement
               8 week course Monday Evenings 6-7:30pm April 25 to June 20, 2016, Research Studies Center - Roswell Park
               Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY. $60 Registration fee due 4/18 Flyer


Mar 16 - 1st Annual Polly Vincent DiCesare Education Day, For The General Public: MOLST Improving Quality and
               Honoring Preferences Near End of Life
, March 16 6:30-8:30pm. For Social Workers, Clinicians & Other
               Professionals: Integrating MOLST and eMOLST into a Community-wide Approach to Advance Care Planning
               March 17 8:30-11:30am. Location for both presentations: Presbyterian Home, Emmaus Room, Middle
               Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY. RSVP to by 3/16. Flyer



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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