"Being Mortal" Project

See What Being Mortal hosts have been saying


Project Description
Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) has coordinated a nationwide public awareness campaign on the importance of talking about end-of-life preferences and goals with loved ones and medical professionals.The project has been extended through June 30, 2017.

Underwritten by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, the project uses PBS’s FRONTLINE film “Being Mortal,” based on the book of the same name by Atul Gawande, MD, to educate audiences and encourage people to take concrete steps to identify and communicate their wishes for end-of-life care.
Selected sites will engage both medical professionals and the general public and will receive:
  • The “Being Mortal” DVD
  • Outreach tools
  • Audience materials
  • Discussion guides
  • Media support, and more

All program materials will be provided at no charge to selected host screening sites. HFA has limited financial aid available through the John and Wauna Harman Foundation to provide small grants to sites that demonstrate financial need to support the screening. These grants may not be used to purchase equipment to show the program.

Screening Site Criteria
Screening sites will be selected on a rolling basis and on their ability to meet the criteria listed below:
  • Partner with at least one community organization. Examples include, but are not limited to; a library, place of worship, community center (e.g. YMCA), civic club, hospital, school, community college, university, or assisted living facility.
  • Provide the event, program, and materials to participants free of charge.
  • Use the program materials provided as part of this project.
  • Invite the public, clinicians, and advance care planning professionals.
  • Facilitate an audience discussion on advance care planning following the screening.
  • Participate in post-screening data collection by completing a host site evaluation and by providing evaluations to participants that will be completed anonymously.
  • Refer participants to the designated website for more information.

Application Process
Organizations interested in becoming a screening site must complete a Survey Monkey application. The application takes approximately 15-25 minutes to complete and requires the following information. Please make sure you have this information available before beginning the application process:
  • Primary organization’s contact information
  • Community partner name
  • Potential screening venue location
  • Brief details on any previous community education event(s) your organization has hosted
  • Details on how you foresee planning, promoting, and coordinating your screening

Please Note:
  • The date of your screening is not required at the time of application.
  • Multiple screenings are allowed.
  • Organizations located within the United States are eligible to apply.
  • There are no CEs associated with this event.
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