Health Care Planning Ambassador Program
Peer-to-peer discussions to improve healthy living
Ambassadors are volunteers who start person-to-person health care planning conversations anywhere adults live, work and gather. Ambassadors use the "Getting Started Tool Kit" to inform and inspire others to make a personal plan and get connected to care in their community.
"I think people don’t realize that doing a simple Health Care Proxy & Personal Directive takes the burden off your family in knowing how to care for you. When a medical crisis happens, the decisions are already made and written in your documents." Brenda, Westborough Ambassador
"Everyone gets sick or injured- even at my age. It's important to have an advocate — a Health Care Agent — to help you get the care you want. I tell my friends, family and my fellow nurses, it's easy to do with the Honoring Choices documents." Jack, ICU Nurse
"I talked with a woman whose husband was very sick and wanted his son to make medical decisions for him. The doctor refused because the son was not his Health Care Agent. She was so glad to have first-hand information and a free Health Care Proxy for both her husband and son." Ana, Bi-lingual Social Service Advocate
"This was a fun presentation. Very interactive. A topic of real interest for adults of all ages. The great slide presentation really helped us direct this workshop to share useful information and inspire personal engagement." Janice Long, Executive Director, Hudson Council on Aging
More Ambassador stories
Here's how it works:
Who can be an Ambassador?
Adults, any age or walk of life, who wants to help inform and inspire family, friends, colleagues, fellow congregants and everyone in their community to make a health care plan. For example, Ambassadors can be:
- Community volunteers or retired professionals
- Bi-lingual adults to offer the translated documents & videos
- Members of a church, synagogue or house of worship
- Volunteers in health clinics, hospitals or care facilities
- Caregivers helping other caregivers
- Students, 18 and older, in health services, colleges, nursing or physicians programs
- Employees who offer health care planning as an informational benefit to fellow employees
- Individuals working with adults 50 and older to improve opportunities for healthy aging
What does an Ambassador do?
An Ambassador receives basic training in the Honoring Choices Who's Your Agent?® Program's Getting Started Tool Kit. Ambassadors learn how to start peer-to-peer discussions and provide up to date information and a free Health Care Proxy and Personal Directive (Living Will) to make a personal health care plan. Ambassadors get feedback from adults and families on the barriers and challenges they face in getting every day care. Ambassadors can refer adults to the Community Partners for further assistance and to connect adults to care to improve healthy living. The Honoring Choices Partners review the vital consumer feedback to address the actual barriers and gaps in care, and work together to open up new pathways to healthy living and well-being.
Who can start an Ambassador Program?
Any Honoring Choices Partner can build in an Ambassador Program. It's easy to do. You recruit volunteers from your community and we'll help train and support your Ambassadors. If you are not a partner yet, no problem. We'll get you started with everything you need to host an Ambassador Program at your health care or community group, faith-based or cultural group... anywhere adults live, work and gather together!
How do I learn more?
Simply contact Denise Skrocki, Ambassador Program Director, for more information. Click here.
We are thrilled to have received a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to specifically support Ambassador Programs that elevate the voice and expertise of adults 50 and older. Everyone is welcome! Let us know how you are helping adults enjoy healthy aging.
Spotlight: 4 Partners join forces to start Ambassador Programs
Community Partners host a joint Ambassador training in their region
Four Honoring Choices Community Partners- Hudson Senior Center, Marlborough Council on Aging, Northborough Senior Center and Arthur P. Bergeron, Elder Law Attorney, Mirick O’Connell, Westborough are working together to promote access to information and healthy living for all adults & families in their region. They invited interested volunteers from their organizations to become Ambassadors. Brenda became an Ambassador because she likes the friendly nature of the peer-to-peer discussions, commenting "It's a more personal and relaxed way to make your health care plan."
We recently meet with the new Ambassadors at the Marlborough Senior Center. Honoring Choices provided a training in the Who’s Your Agent? Program’s “Getting Started Tool Kit” and explored the role of an Ambassador. The Ambassadors will help adults in their community exercise their right to make a health care plan with free information and tools, talk about the challenges and barriers adults face in getting timely, affordable good care, and help connect adults to needed care and services to improve everyday healthy living.
Many thanks to our four Community Partners for their vision and commitment: Janice Hudson, Executive Director, Hudson Senior Center; Trisha Pope, Executive Director, Marlborough Council on Aging, Kelly Burke, Executive Director, Northborough Senior Center , and Arthur P. Bergeron, Elder Law Attorney, Mirick O’Connell, Westborough.