Our Top 10 for 2023
Dec 5, 2023 Top 10
- Launched both a new strategic plan to guide our work through 2028 and the National Emergency and Palliative Care Initiative (NEPMI) to direct realistic end-of-life resources where they have been acutely lacking — the ER.
- Unveiled new and updated well-loved resources to help with end-of-life matters, including releasing the second edition of Finish Strong, producing numerous engaging webinars, and launching our new empowerment newsletter and enhanced dementia tool. (Check out my article about our new tool!)
- Successfully campaigned to get the appalling Health and Human Services “Conscience Rule” partially rescinded.
- Served as a key amicus in Full Circle of Living and Dying v. Sanchez, a successful lawsuit that protected the rights of death doulas to provide support to dying Californians.
- Founded the affinity groups Faith Leaders for Compassion and Catholics for Choice to broaden our reach and impact.
- Grew connections with diverse communities through stellar planning event The Journey Home; formed new relationships with five leading national Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations; augmented our innovative pilot for Ventinillas de Salud, provider of health services to Mexican people in the United States; and collaborated with Latinx Task Force on their newly adopted end-of-life resolution.
- Lobbied the Legislature in Oregon and worked with stakeholders in Vermont to permanently remove aid-in-dying residency requirements, and filed a new federal lawsuit in New Jersey to remove their residency restriction
- Saw the first southern medical society move toward adopting a neutral stance on medical aid in dying, and advanced the practice in 15 states with innovative efforts like a state-spanning Walk for Justice in Connecticut and March to End Needless Suffering in New York.
- Protected medical aid in dying from being undone in Washington, D.C., and Montana, and filed a motion to intervene in a California lawsuit threatening its End of Life Option Act.
- Successfully passed improvement legislation in Washington state together with our partners at End of Life Washington as well as in Hawai’i, in both cases to reduce waiting periods and allow additional clinicians to participate, and supported local efforts of End of Life Options New Mexico to successfully get aid in dying in New Mexico covered by Medicaid.