Private donations enabled Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject to make a big difference in 2011 and 2012. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, our film aired more than 370 times on PBS stations in 30 states, was shared with thousands of Americans during hundreds of free community screenings around the country, and inspired the Wisconsin Medical Society to launch Honoring Choices Wisconsin, a physician-led initiative that will make facilitated conversations about end-of-life wishes a standard part of patient care in the Badger State.
On Sunday, December 9th, the Wisconsin State Journal published an article about Consider the Conversation and the emerging advance care planning movement in the Badger State.
Earlier tonight (Thursday, 12/6), Rock Center with Brian Williams aired a story on the good work being done at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin to ensure that the end-of-life wishes conversation is normalized and thrives.
Bud Hammes, Ph.D., one of the national experts featured in Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject, appears in the piece.
On Friday, November 9th, co-producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal facilitated their highly acclaimed Theatrical Film Presentation and Community Conversation event at the Fox Cities Peforming Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. The event, underwritten by Theda Care at Home with proceeds benefitting the Fox Valley End of Life Coalition and the Community Hospice Foundation, was the subject of a major article written by Cheryl Anderson of the Appleton Post-Crescent.
Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal were presented with Agrace HospiceCare's Excellence in End-of-Life Care Award at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin today (10/15) for their work on Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject. The award, given annually during Agrace's End-of-Life Forum, recognizes a community member who has made a difference in the lives of patients with life-limiting conditions and their families.
On Sunday, September 30th, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about the "cause and effect" relationship between Consider the Conversation and Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society's recently announced advance care planning initiative.
On Thursday, September 20th, the Wisconsin Medical Society announced the launch of Honoring Choices Wisconsin, a statewide, collaborative advance care planning project inspired, in part, by our film, and modeled after the good work that has been done for many years in La Crosse, Wisconsin with a program called Respecting Choices.
On Thursday, August 2nd, Stephen Kiernan, author of Last Rights: Rescuing the End-of-Life from the Medical System, and one of the national experts featured in Consider the Conversation, was the featured guest on Wisconsin Public Radio's At Issue with Ben Merens.
To listen to the podcast, please click here.
The Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI) will present a major conference entitled May We Talk: Having Those Difficult Conversations on Friday, November 16th in suburban Milwaukee.
On Friday, May 18th, Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen received a Silver Award for "Best Documentary or News Special" at the 82nd Annual Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism banquet at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee. In particular, Bernhagen and Kaldhusdal were recognized for the quality of their work on Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject - a film about the American struggle with communicaton and preparation at end-of-life.