Beacon Patient Advocates LLC
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The Dialogue Starts Here: Hello Brookline

We were thrilled to sponsor a “Hello Brookline” evening on Thursday, November 1 at the Goldman Residences, 1550 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA.  It was a wonderful event attend by 30 participants who played the “Hello” game and engaged in meaningful conversations.

On Tuesday evening, November 20, 2018, we attended the “Hello Brookline” Community Partners celebration featuring Keynote Speaker Alice Bonner, Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. See the evening’s program here.

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About "The Dialogue Starts Here: Hello Brookline" Initiative: 

Community partners in Brookline, Massachusetts, coordinated by Center Communities of Brookline, have launched a town-wide initiative as part of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care efforts to keep people at the center of their own health care.

Funded by a generous grant from the Brookline Community Foundation, program attendees will learn about and play the conversation game Hello, created by Common Practice, that is designed as an interactive way to provide a comfortable venue to have meaningful conversations about “what matters most” to people.

The game is used as a catalyst to be able to express values and wishes in the event of a serious illness or at end of life.  Materials are supplied to all attending for “next steps” in their Advance Care planning.   

The evening's co-sponsor Beacon Patient Advocates' founder Ailene Gerhardt, an Independent Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA), shared resources related to patient advocacy and the value of Advance Care planning.