WHI Advance Care Planning Project

The WHI ACP group published a guide for community members to use to discuss their health care wishes.

Download the free “Making Your Health Care Wishes Known” guide!

Staffed by: Jaque King


To improve the quality of life for Washtenaw County residents so when they face a serious illness[1], their preferences are known and respected


Promote a more patient-centered approach to delivering advance care planning in Washtenaw County by:

  • Recommending a standardized process for advance care planning across all healthcare providers and settings,
  • Engaging community members to identify gaps in care and determine best practices, and
  • Educating providers and community members on the steps involved in advance care planning and providing tools to support the various processes.

[1] Defined as the last two years of life.

Measures of Success:

  1. Increase the use of and improve the process of advance care planning (ACP) among Washtenaw County residents facing serious illness.
  2. Objective 1: Identify gaps or challenges to advance care planning by May 2016.
  3. Objective 2: Develop a toolkit for ACP across all healthcare providers and settings in the county by Fall 2016.
  4. Objective 3: Educate and increase awareness of the steps involved in ACP among Washtenaw County providers and community members by providing tools to support the various processes by Q1 2017.

Work Plan

  1. Proposed timeline:
    1. Field testing of ACP Conversation Guide: June-August, 2016
    2. Disseminate ACP Guide: Fall, 2016
    3. Evaluate ACP Guide: December, 2016 – May, 2017
  2. This work is hosted by the WHI and falls under the Community Coordination and Dental Services Workgroup. Jaque King is the CHRT staff lead for the project


Dr. Sheryl Kurze champions this effort.


Name Organization
Mel Anglin Executive Director, POWER, Inc.
Catherine Brenen Center Director, Huron Valley PACE
Sheila Gomez Retired, Allegiance Health, leader of MI POST pilot program and case management
Andy Holtgrieve Hospice of Michigan/Arbor Hospice
Kristen Hurst Senior Project Manager, U-M Office of Population Health
Scott Johnson Michigan Care Manager Resource Center
Dr. Sheryl Kurze, M.D. Physician, hospice and palliative care
Phillip Eugene Rodgers UM Physician, Assoc. Director, Adult Palliative Care Program
Merilynne Rush Training in Respecting Choices, background in midwirfery and nursing, runs the Death Café in Ann Arbor
Jill Savage Palliative Care Coordinator VA Ann Arbor Health Care System
Julie Seitz ACP leader, SJMHS
Rebecca Sereno Community Member
Sandy Talbott Parish Nurse, First Presbyterian of Ann Arbor
Shitanshu Uppal UM Physician, Gynecologic Oncologist