Upcoming Event: POLST Facilitator Education Program, 11/4

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Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Facilitator Education Program

Certification Workshop

November 4, 2019  ~   8:30am – 4:30pm

Foundation for Healthy Communities

125 Airport Road, Concord, NH


Registration Deadline: October 31, 2019

The Foundation for Healthy Communities has served as the leading resource for advance care and end of life care planning, including POLST, for patients and their families, medical providers, hospitals and health systems throughout the state since 1998.  The POLST Facilitator Education Program training is for healthcare providers who want to be certified as POLST facilitators for colleagues and staff within their organization and community. 

The course focuses on communication skills to help healthcare providers initiate POLST conversations, assist in making informed end-of-life decisions and learn techniques to create POLST plans. 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.

The POLST system for documenting and communicating an individual’s decisions for end-of-life care as they approach the last year of life has become recognized as best practice in the care of frail elders and those living in long-term care facilities. These individuals require a different approach to advance care planning conversations that assists them in examining their goals of care as they enter the last stages of their lives. Life-sustaining treatment decisions must be specific and include options for hospitalization and the provision of comfort care.

POLST-trained facilitators are often physicians, APRNs, social workers or nurses responsible for developing plans of care for residents of long-term care facilities, home health, or hospice. Without an emphasis on the importance of advance care planning discussions and qualified facilitators, completion of the POLST form runs the risk of repeating the failures of past standard advance directive efforts that have focused only on form completion.



Foundation for Healthy Communities, Concord, NH

November 4, 2019

8:30 am – 4:30 pm (8:15 am registration)

A $50.00 registration fee covers the administrative costs and training session printed materials. 

Key Dates

Registration Deadline             October 31, 2019 

Completion of Homework      October 31, 2019

Register Online:     POLST Facilitator Training