Oliver Sacks On Learning of his Terminal Cancer

Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, and author of many books, passed away on Aug. 30, 2015. A frequent essayist, Dr. Sacks reacted to his terminal diagnosis with this poignant essay. It is a beautiful statement of gratitude and peace with death that we all can appreciate. Read and enjoy.

Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure. – Dr. Oliver Sacks

#HPM Chat review: #13APCC

Sorry I am a day late on the #HPM Chat review. This week, @SteveLandersMD hosted, and there was robust discussion on the MCCM, best practices, social media, and other topics. But for me, I thought you all might appreciate the international angle to the #HPM chat. There is of course a strong representation from the States, but this week’s #HPMchat coincided with a large conference in Australia, the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference. I think it is fabulous to hear about the similarities and differences faced by hospice and palliative care providers around the world.  HAN works with the US Federal government, and so most of our work is geared to the American audience, but do we have any friends from abroad? Do you have any questions about the American hpm system? Do any of our American followers have questions for our colleagues abroad? Let us know, and use the hashtag #hpm and #hpmglobal to get some answers!

 

Public Affairs Council Webinar Featuring Our Staff!

That's me on the left!
That’s me on the left!

The HAN team is happy to announce that we have been asked to participate in the Public Affairs Council‘s Webinar: Twitter for Advocacy! I will be presenting on our use of Twitter, and how Twitter can be a useful tool in an advocate’s arsenal.

The webinar will be September 10, from 2-3 in the afternoon. Interested participants can sign up here (yes there is a cost). If you are interested in learning about Twitter, but cannot attend the webinar, please email me and we can set up a time to talk!

This is an exciting moment for me, since as many of you know, I have only been with HAN just under six months. It is a testament to the grassroots network that Tony has created, and the hard work of our advocates like you, that our advocacy efforts on social media are successful and noteworthy. Thank you to everyone who reads our blog, likes our Facebook posts, and retweets us. Social media is nothing without advocate engagement, and you guys do a great job!

Shiny New Website!

This is the most exciting news you will read all day! Well…ok maybe not, but it is a happy day for us here in the HAN offices. We are proud to unveil our brand-new, state of the art, extra shiny and super fast Hospice Action Network Website!

I will wait while you click to check it out.

“But….but it looks like the old one!”

Yes, yes it does. We intentionally didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, and we didn’t want to confuse all of our loyal visitors by completely changing the entire look and feel. Most of the changes are on the back end (where we work!) to make it function better and allow us to do more things. We tweaked the style just a bit, to keep it looking fresh, and we will be adding pages and some interactive material as well.

Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments!

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