Message Lab and the National POLST Collaborative

Message Lab is a project supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation and Cambia Foundation and convened by Anthony Back, MD, of the University of Washington. The project is tasked with working with others to develop and test messaging principles and guidance that effectively spurs conversations about the kind of care a person with serious illness could receive.
The goal of this work is to align empirical research findings about what the public is interested in hearing with the way our field talks about serious illness and end-of-life care—and do it with maximum flexibility for individual sectors to use their own vocabulary.
Leading organizations participated in the project, lending their support and expertise to inform the research and final messaging, including: Ariadne LabsCenter to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (CTAC)Respecting ChoicesThe Conversation ProjectNational POLSTThe Society for Post Acute and Long Term Care Medicine (AMDA)VitalTalk, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Below are resources that the NPC has developed and curated for healthcare communities and POLST advocates to utilize in dissemination of POLST education and messaging.

Changing Public Perceptions of Serious Illness Care – Interactive Webinars

Join us for an interactive webinar hosted by seven leading organizations, where you’ll learn how to change public perceptions to improve access to serious illness care. We welcome participants from any healthcare discipline to attend one of our sessions (same session twice for your scheduling convenience) and encourage you to invite a colleague who can apply these learnings within your community! Register for 3/12/24 HERE. Register for 3/19/24 HERE.

Message Lab Toolkit

POLST Resource Examples from States

Support the PCHETA Bill

Coming soon: Slides for Training Providers on POLST Conversation