R 108
2019 -- H 5790
Enacted 02/28/2019

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Millea, Vella-Wilkinson, Williams, Shekarchi, and
Date Introduced: February 28, 2019

     WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day, observed on April 16, 2019, is a national
initiative to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care
planning. It is a collaborative effort of national, state, and community organizations intended to
encourage adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis; and
     WHEREAS, The Improving Care Coalition, a project of the Rhode Island State Nurses
Association, is the Rhode Island state liaison for National Healthcare Decisions Day at the
Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s The Conversation Project, Cambridge, MA; and
     WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day will help Rhode Islanders understand that making
future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would or would not
want; it starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and
selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves;
     WHEREAS, Making healthcare decisions ahead of time and putting one's wishes in
writing brings peace of mind to families. It helps to avoid the difficult situations that are so
common when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess what their loved one
would have wanted; and
     WHEREAS, An advance directive document speaks for an individual's healthcare
decisions if they cannot speak for themselves. Everyone needs an advocate; and
     WHEREAS, The goal of Healthcare Decision Day is to encourage Rhode Islanders to
start the conversation about advance directives with their family rather than delaying that
discussion; and
     WHEREAS, Healthcare Decision Day educates and empowers the public and healthcare
providers to take part in important advance care planning and encourages patients to discuss the
topic with their health care providers; and
     WHEREAS, Healthcare Decision Day is an event that provides the opportunity to
advocate for a good life that honors a person’s healthcare wishes; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims April 16, 2019, to be "Health Care Decision Day" in the
State of Rhode Island. We moreover urge and encourage all the citizens of the state to learn
about advance care planning for themselves and their loved ones; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Director Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island
Department of Health, and The Improving Care Coalition, a project of the Rhode Island State
Nurses Association.