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Issue #5: Discussion Forums

Contents:

1. WE HAVE BROADCAST DATES FOR THE TV SERIES!

2. HELP US BUILD THIS COMMUNITY ONLINE

3. CLICKABLE MAP OF STATE-BASED DISCUSSIONS

4. TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION BOARDS






1. WE HAVE BROADCAST DATES FOR THE TV SERIES!

ON OUR OWN TERMS: MOYERS ON DYING is a four-part television series that will air on public television Sept. 10-13 from 9:00 - 10:30PM ET(check local listings). Details about the series can be found on the Web site.



2. HELP US BUILD THIS COMMUNITY ONLINE!

In conjunction with the series, an OUTREACH campaign is now underway to create sustainable networks to examine and discuss end-of-life care in communities across this country.

An online forum is now available for your use on the website. You must first REGISTER online to participate.

After you've registered, proceed to the Discussion Forums .

These discussion boards are designed to create a sense of collaboration, community and participation among hundreds if not thousands of people, enabling us to benefit from each other's experiences in the development of this Outreach Campaign. Please visit today, share your plans and experiences. You can also ask others about their experiences in organizing events in their communities

Since the message boards just opened, traffic is light, but we encourage you to visit now and post a message. Then come back again in a few days or a week. Let's get the activity BUZZING and build a THRIVING ONLINE COMMUNITY!



3. CLICKABLE MAP OF STATE-BASED DISCUSSIONS

The discussion boards are organized by outreach activity and by state. Be sure to sign into your state's discussion, to see and share what's going on! Tell us of your interest in this topic, and how you'd like to help with the Outreach Campaign in YOUR state or community. Go to our clickable state-by-state map.



4. TOPIC AREAS FOR DISCUSSION BOARDS

VIDEOCONFERENCE: Post your questions for videoconference panelists, your ideas on audience development, and ideas for follow-up sessions. How will you use the videoconference to energize your steering committee and help expand dialogue on end-of-life discussions in your community?

THE ISSUES: What needs to be done to have Medicare/Medicaid pick up more of the tab for palliative and hospice care? What experiences have you witnessed that indicate that change in end-of-life care is needed? How should it be accomplished?

COMMUNITY SURVEY: Are you planning to do a community survey? Tell us how you are conducting your survey and learn from others' experiences. Post your information or ask your questions here.

RESOURCES: Give us your thoughts on the resource directory. Do you know of other human "resources" in your community who ought to be included on a steering committee? Are there other types of resources that you've come across and would like to share? What should each community include in a local guide?

EVENTS: Post the events you are planning here and on your state Boards. Discuss and plan for screening events, town meetings and small group discussions at the community or state level. Who should be your panelists? Who should be invited? What is the ideal size of a meeting? - Ask your questions in this section.

REACH OUT TO TARGETED AUDIENCES: Discuss how to spread the word in the workplace, among clergy and faith communities, among health care providers and counselors. What do you think is the best time and place to have a discussion group? How would you attract people to them?

ACTIVITIES: Discuss implementation of any of the activities in the Leadership Guide, such as creating conversations that matter and taking a spiritual history. Sharon Bulova from Fairfax, VA has posted a series of activities. Take a look at what they're doing and share any ideas of your own.

We look forward to meeting you "on the boards". See you soon at ON OUR OWN TERMS: MOYERS ON DYING.

Regards,
The On Our Own Terms Outreach Team

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