Amy Vandenbroucke, J.D.
Amy Vandenbroucke has served as the Executive Director of the National POLST Paradigm since 2013. Prior to joining the Paradigm, Amy served as Legal Counsel at Oregon Health & Science University where she advised on a variety of issues, including medical ethics, informed consent, guardianship and health care generally. Prior to graduating from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights, the American Osteopathic Association, and the University of Chicago.
Amy is a 2015 Practice Change Leader for Aging and Health, a yearlong program jointly supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation. She is also a Hartford Change AGEnt through the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative.
National POLST Coordinator
Hanna Nelson comes to us from the Oregon POLST Registry where she worked for 4 years as an Operations Specialist (Research Assistant). During her time at the Oregon POLST Registry, she provided feedback that helped shape operational workflows as the volume of POLST Forms and interest in the POLST Registry program grew. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2010 from Lewis & Clark College and completed her Master of Bioinformatics degree in Health Information Management from Oregon Health & Science University in December 2016.
"POLST first became personal to me when my father experienced a medical emergency just before his 80th birthday. As part of his recovery, he was temporarily admitted to a skilled nursing facility, during which time we were repeatedly asked about his POLST Form. We weren't very informed about POLST, so the usual questions arose — is POLST the same thing as an advance directive? Why do we need to fill one out? Is it mandatory? We did fill one out with him and his care team at the nursing facility, but after he was discharged, we had his primary care provider review it with us, in order to make appropriate revisions, when there was time for more conversation. Walking through this whole process, and having initially been broached about the POLST Form under somewhat stressful circumstances, I became very interested in POLST as a process, its history, its current state, and future. Viewing it as an important but underappreciated process, I sought to learn more about POLST, first volunteering at the Oregon POLST Registry, then working for the Oregon POLST Registry, and later, joining the staff at the National POLST Paradigm. It is my hope that fewer people will learn about POLST under emergency circumstances, and that, instead, the public will come to appreciate POLST and advance care planning in general, as a normal thing everyone does."
Charissa has experience in web and multimedia development, graphic design, technical project coordination, and clinical, basic science and emergency medicine research. She worked for many years as a web content coordinator and web developer for Oregon Health & Science University, then worked for the Oregon POLST Registry aiding operations and coordinating improvements to the current ePOLST pilot in Oregon, before joining the National POLST Paradigm Office.