Membership, State & Advocacy Organizations
Taking the lead to arm their care providers and staff with Massachusetts-based health care planning information, documents, and training.
Alliance Partners are membership organizations, health care provider groups, state agencies, advocacy and faith-based organizations, working with Honoring Choices on a share mission: to offer care providers and staff in their member organizations and groups a common, unified health care planning language and set of Massachusetts planning tools. The care providers and staff use the Honoring Choices programs to actively engage adults and families in lifelong health care planning discussions help adults get connected to care in their community. Everyone is welcome to become an Alliance Partner.
Meet Our Alliance Partners
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. We support Secretary Alice Bonner and the EOEA staff in their commitment to help older adults and people with disabilities live and thrive. We are collaborating with Mary DeRoo, RN, BSN, MSM, Director of Home and Community Programs, EOEA. “Our mission is to give people choice” says Ms. DeRoo, “and to empower adults to be in control of the care they want, even when they can’t advocate for themselves.” We are providing information and tools to support and enhance the work of the 29 Elder Service Agencies (also known as ASAP’s, Aging Service Access Points and AAA’s, Area Agencies on Aging) throughout the Commonwealth.
Mary DeRoo, RN, BSN, MSM, Director of Home and Community Programs
Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS)is the statewide professional association for 25,000 physicians and medical students. They are dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. MMS offers online CME courses and live events that award continuing medical education credits. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and NEJM Journal Watch alerts and publications covering 13 specialties. Honoring Choices was thrilled to co-host and launch the first-ever MOLST: Meeting the Challenge Workshop series. We’ll be working together to standardize and improve access to Massachusetts health care planning documents and tools for all care providers and consumers in the Commonwealth.
American Nurses Association- Massachusetts (ANA-MA) is committed to the advancement of the profession of nursing and of quality patient care across the Commonwealth. ANA Massachusetts is recognized as the voice of 120,000 registered nurses in Massachusetts and supports their work through advocacy, leadership development, education and mentorship. www.anamass.org
Cathleen Colleran-Santos DNP, RN, President
Diane L. Jeffery, Executive Director
The Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA). We welcome Executive Director David P.Stevens and all of the MCOA staff, colleagues and Senior Center Directors to the Honoring Choices Partner network. We are thrilled for the opportunity to support the 351 Councils on Aging (COA) with health care planning information and tools. The COA’s are at the very heart of each community serving elders and their families. We look forward to working with all the COA’s within our 6 Community Partner regions across the Commonwealth.
David P. Stevens, Executive Director
Donna Popkin, Director for Technical Assistance, Training & Special Events
The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) provides the highest quality vocational and social rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind, and vocational rehabilitation services to qualifying individuals with low vision, leading to independence and full community participation. MCB accomplishes this critical mission by working in partnership with consumers, families, community rehabilitation providers, health care providers, and employer partners. MCB has collaborated with Honoring Choices on informational training to MCB staff as well as offered technical assistance on accessible materials for the training including fillable Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive forms that can be read with a screen reader. Click here.
Wayne Levy, Director of Communications
The Western MA Transitions in Care Cross Continuum (WM TICCC), sponsored by Baystate Health, is a well-establish collaborative group of over 300 health care provider members. Their mission is to increase communication with all providers who touch the lives of adults and seniors across the continuum of care, in order to offer the best possible person-centered care and help prevent avoidable hospital re-admissions. This dynamic and committed group includes physicians, nurses, nurse care managers, emergency services personnel, primary care clinicians, short term care, long term and rehabilitation care providers, hospital and health system professionals, home care, visiting nurse and hospice care professionals and many others. They welcome interested care providers from the Holyoke, Springfield and all of Western Massachusetts to be part of their collaborative. The WM TICCC meet every other month, 6 times a year, to discuss ways to improve communication, work on shared challenges, and develop strategies for working with high risk patients. To learn more please contact Nancy Remillard at Nancy.Remillard@baystatehealth.org
Stephanie Calcasola, MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ, Senior Director of Quality, Baystate Health
Jodi Kashouh, MS, RN-BC, CNL, Healthcare Quality Specialist, NSQIP/TICCC Coordinator, Baystate Medical Center
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (“Blue Cross”) is a community-focused, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston, working with more than 31,500 Massachusetts employers and covering 2.8 million members. In addition to our corporate promise to always put our members first, we are committed to ensuring that all our members receive care that is aligned with their goals, values, priorities, and preferences at all times in their lives, especially when facing a serious illness.
Anna Gosline, Senior Director of Health Policy and Strategic Initiatives
The American Cancer Society’s central mission is to diminish suffering from cancer and improve the quality of life of cancer patients throughout their continuum of care. They believe expanding early access to palliative care services is a critical step to improving the cancer journey for patients and families. The American Cancer Society, New England Region, in collaboration with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Network has recently begun a series of Palliative Care Regional Forums, to improve access to palliative care for all cancer patients in Massachusetts. The Forums are being held in seven regions throughout the Commonwealth. Honoring Choices is supporting their work and developing tools to support both consumers and care providers.
Lisa Leydon, Health Systems Manager, New England Division
The Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative (DFMI) is a whole-community response inviting everyone to join in creating dementia friendly communities. Dementia friendly communities are safe, informed, and respectful and engage all members of the community to meet the needs of the growing number of people living with dementia to remain part of the fabric of our vibrant community life. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Jewish Family & Children’s Services and other partner organizations convened DFMI in May 2016 to provide statewide support and coordination for the efforts to help our communities better include and support individuals living with dementia and their family members, friends, and professional caregivers. DFMI aims to link communities, businesses, and organizations across Massachusetts to tools, resources, and best practices.
Memory Cafes in Massachusetts are a welcoming place for people with forgetfullness or other changes in their thinking, and for their family & friends, to enjoy each other’s company and to know they are not alone in facing everyday challenges. Memory Cafes meet in a variety of venues across the state. To find a Cafe, please visit www.jfcsboston.org/MemoryCafeDirectory
Beth Soltzberg, Director, Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program
Jewish Family & Children’s Service
The Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation is the research and education affiliate of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, whose members include more than 500 nursing and rehabilitation facilities, assisted living residences, residential care facilities and continuing care retirement communities. The Foundation promotes innovative tools, services, programs and research related to clinical and workforce quality across the continuum of care for older adults and people with disabilities. It is at the forefront of addressing some of the toughest issues impacting the health and safety of older adults and people with disabilities.
Carolyn Blanks, Executive Director
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization comprised of hospitals and health systems, and related organizations and members with a common interest in promoting the good health of the people of the Commonwealth. The MHA’s mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by serving as the leading voice for all Massachusetts hospitals and healthcare systems. Through leadership in public advocacy, education and information, MHA represents and advocates for the collective interests of its members and supports their efforts to provide high quality, cost effective and accessible health care.
Patricia Noga, Vice President of Clinical Affairs
Lorraine Schoen, Director of Clinical Affairs
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors is a public-private partnership whose mission is to improve patient safety and eliminate medical errors in Massachusetts. The Coalition’s membership includes consumer organizations, state agencies, hospitals, professional associations for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, long-term care, as well as health plans, employers, policymakers, and researchers, all with the shared goal of improving patient safety. The Coalition promotes a systems-oriented approach to improving patient safety, identifying the causes of medical errors, and developing and supporting implementation of strategies for prevention.
Paula Griswold, Executive Director
Caregiver Homes from Seniorlink is an innovative, proven model of full-time in-home care and support for elders and individuals with disabilities that offers families a quality alternative to care that depends on facilities or home health aides. Through financial assistance, as well as dedicated care managers and nurses who provide daily support and monitoring to ensure success for both the consumer and caregiver, Caregiver Homes makes it possible for families to provide around-the-clock care for elders and those with disabilities.
Laurie Herndon, Director, Clinician Program Innovation
The Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts (HPCFM) is a non-profit statewide membership organization that is dedicated to advancing and promoting excellence in end-of-life care. Founded in 1980, HPCFM is comprised of hospice, palliative, associate and individual members. HPCFM member hospices serves over 21,000 patients and their families a year representing 40% of all those who died in Massachusetts. HPCFM serves not only its members, but those seeking or using end-of-life services and others interested in this area.
Christine McMichael, Executive Director
The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (MACUCC) will help bring Massachusetts-based health care planning information and documents to their 370 churches and 70,000 members across the Commonwealth. “Any one of us, church goers or not, is likely to face times of having to make difficult care decisions” says Rev. Ellie Richardson, Associate Conference Minister for Lay and Clergy Leadership Development. “If we are in partnership in these decisions early on with our family, friends, and care providers, the difficult decisions when they come can be made easier.” We’ll provide MACUCC with educational materials and programs for every adult and family in all congregations to have equal access to the full range of health care planning information and tools at no cost. Each church also becomes an integral part of their local Honoring Choices Community Partner Network.
Rev. Ellie Richardson, Associate Conference Minister for Lay and Clergy Leadership Development
LeadingAge Massachusetts, formerly MassAging, represents the full continuum of mission-driven, not-for-profit providers of health care, housing, and services for older persons in Massachusetts. Members of LeadingAge Massachusetts provide housing and services to more than 25,000 older persons in the Commonwealth each year. The mission of LeadingAge Massachusetts is to Expand the World of Possibilities for Aging. They strive for this by leading in innovative practices that transform how we care for our aging population, spear-heading cutting-edge initiatives to develop services that meet older adults’ needs and preferences, and advocating to advance the interests of the aging consumer.
Elissa Sherman, Executive Director
Atrius Health is a non-profit alliance of four leading community based groups: Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and VNA Care Network Foundation. At the core of Atrius Health is a commitment to making it easier for patients to be healthy, beginning with high quality and proactive care coordinated by your primary care physician. All groups utilize an electronic medical record to improve care coordination and communication for patients. The combined Atrius Health groups offer over 35 specialties, from obstetrics to pediatrics, including oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, sports medicine, allergy, dermatology, surgery and behavioral health. Atrius Health serves 675,000 adult and pediatric patients in over 2.2 million visits annually to 42 practice locations.
Jennifer Conner, Senior Project Director
The New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (NE QIN-QIO) is working to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers across New England. This initiative aligns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program, the largest federal health quality program. New England QIN-QIO is convening community coalitions or providers, patients and other stakeholders. Working together, they aim to improve transitions of care for all patients, reduce unplanned hospital admissions and re-admissions and decrease the prevalence of adverse drug events.
The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, with 40 years of experience and nearly 200 agency members across the Commonwealth, is a non-profit trade association of home care agencies that promotes home care as an integral part of the health care delivery system. Their mission is to “unite people and organizations to advance community health through care and services in the home.” The Home Care Alliance provides essential resources, innovative programs and advocacy to its members to help stay informed and thrive.
Pat Kelleher, Executive Director
Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (MASS ALA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professionally operated assisted living residences in Massachusetts. Mass-ALA has grown to hundreds of members that include assisted living providers and associated professionals. It serves as the voice of senior living and promotes resident-centered models that respect the dignity, privacy, independence and choice of older adults. Mass-ALA provides information, education, advocacy and support on behalf of their members and the adults they serve.
Richard T. Moore, President
Mass Home Care is a network of thirty agencies dedicated to helping adults live in their community with the highest level of functioning, in the least restrictive setting, for as long as possible. Mass Home Care represents the Aging Services Access Points, know as ASAPs, and area agencies which provide information and referrals, direct services and often protective services to adults in their community. The Mass Home Care website offers an highly informative monthly newsletter called “At Home” for consumers and care providers.
Al Norman, Executive Director
The Conversation Project is a national organization dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end of life care. They offer Conversation Starter Kits to help adults “get your thoughts together” and then have a conversation with your family and doctors about your wishes for end of life care. They also offer a a starter kit for families with loved ones with Alzheimer Disease and other forms of Dementia. You can read more here.
Harriet S. Warshaw, Executive Director