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Advance Care Planning: An Introduction for Public Health and Aging Services Professionals

Advance Care Planning Course

Course Description

This course will prepare and encourage public health and aging services professionals to consider their vital role in assisting older Americans plan and document what should be done in the event they become seriously ill or lose decision-making capacity.

Three course modules cover

  • What advance care planning is and why it's needed.
  • How to initiate difficult but essential conversations and document personal values and preferences.
  • What public health and aging services professionals can do to leverage their unique position in the community to assist clients and constituents with advance care planning.
  • Where to find reliable guidance and resources.

A worksheet is included which, if completed, will encourage and enable better collaboration and cooperation between public health and aging services networks and other key community-based partners. This course is provided free of charge by CDC’s Healthy Aging Program.  

Continuing Education (CE)

This course has been approved for the following continuing education 

  • CECH (Certified Health Education Specialists)
  • CEU (Continuing Education Units)

A link to instructions on how to obtain CE is provided on the course Home and Exit pages and at the start of the Posttest. Learners will need to complete the posttest to obtain CE and a certificate of completion.


Additional Resources

A list of resources from the course can be accessed at: [PDF-331K]

“Speak Up” Video: This brief video highlights the importance of advance care planning and provides helpful information on Health Care Decisions Day (April 16), which can be used as a catalyst in encouraging individuals to prepare advance directives. The video is sponsored by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association, and Carenet (Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network).