POLST Form: A Portable Medical Order

In-Person Facilitator Training

October 24, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 3:30pm

CE Credits available

Registration Deadline: October 16, 2023


The Foundation for Healthy Communities has served as the leading resource for end-of-life care planning, including advance directives and POLST, for patients, their families, medical providers, hospitals, and health systems throughout the state since 1998. The POLST Facilitator Training is for health care providers who want to better understand the POLST form and the conversations that accompany filling out the form. This skill is essential for any healthcare worker who assists those having progressive, life limiting conditions.


As of 8/31/2021, POLST has become part of New Hampshire law and the State of NH has a new POLST form. POLST is a Portable Medical Order that directs medical care for a patient living with advanced illness and/or frailty. The success of the POLST paradigm depends on a skilled and knowledgeable team of providers and associated professionals who can help a patient decide what medical care they want, and what they do not want; and then translate that into an actionable POLST form. This training is intended to provide the following:


  • Full understanding of history, purpose, and application of POLST
  • Legal and practical considerations and appropriate use
  • Skills in introducing the discussion as well as completing the POLST form
  • Field use of the POLST form
  • Tool kit materials


The Foundation for Healthy Communities is offering one full-day training session to learn these skills. The training will be interactive, and participation is required. Materials will be provided onsite, and lunch will be provided.


The successful implementation of a POLST program must be complemented by professionals who have developed the necessary communication skills to initiate advance care planning discussions that help individuals establish medical and non-medical goals of care. Professional skills include understanding end-of-life treatment options, benefits, burdens, and building decision-making consensus among family members and the health care team. These skills often do not come naturally for professionals who provide individualized assistance in making difficult and challenging end-of-life decisions.



Key Dates:

Date/Time: October 24, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Foundation for Healthy Communities 125 Airport Road, Concord, NH 03301

Registration Deadline: October 16, 2023


Instructors: Phil Lawson, MD and Michele Lovell, MS APRN FNP-C


To Register Online: POLST Facilitator Training – Fall 2023

A $125.00 registration fee covers the administrative costs, lunch and training session materials and CE credits


Meeting Information: One full-day training session – in person in Room 1 at the Foundation for Healthy Communities



For more information about the facilitator training, please contact Janice McDermott, POLST Program Coordinator, at [email protected].

For help with registration please contact [email protected].


Payment can be made online with a credit card. If you need to mail payment, choose the “Show other payment methods,” click on Pay Offline and continue the registration process, then mail your payment of $125.00. Checks should be made payable to the Foundation for Healthy Communities and mailed to the Foundation for Healthy Communities, Attn: POLST Facilitator Education Program, 125 Airport Road, Concord, NH 03301.


CEU Credits

Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center is an approved provider with distinction of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


5.0 contact hours Activity Number: 1535


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Southern NH AHEC and Foundation for Healthy Communities. The Southern NH AHEC is accredited by the NH Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


5.0 CEUs pending approval from NASW NH.


For other professionals: 5.0 professional hours of continuing education.