Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy,
Public & Societal Benefit,
Right to Die & Euthanasia
Mission: The mission of the death with dignity national center is to promote death with dignity laws based on our model legislation, the oregon death with dignity act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.
Programs: During the year ended march 31, 2018, through our core program, dignity50, death with dignity national center provided expert public policy analysis to citizens, public officials, and end-of-life care specialists interested in the oregon, washington, vermont, california, colorado, and washington, d. C. Experience with implementation of death with dignity laws. We responded to phone, email, and social media queries, providing assistance and information to individuals across the country seeking to learn more about end-of-life care for the terminally ill. We shared the latest statistics and research, including data concerning implementation of the law. We disseminated resources regarding the law's impact on the medical profession, and we assisted with research and analysis of public policy data. Through our state leadership incubator, we provided resources, online trainings, and one-on-one consultations to advocates in 8 states growing nascent death with dignity organizations. We continued outreach to supporters in other states and have plans to expand the incubator and series of trainings in the coming year.
public education: through our public education program, we disseminated information and educational materials about aid in dying and death with dignity laws to individuals across the country. In addition, we responded to requests for information and provided referrals to terminally ill individuals and their family members about a wide range of end-of-life issues. Our quarterly publication, the dignity report, provided individuals with updates on our activities, synopses of recent research in the field of end-of-life care, and interviews with legislators, grassroots advocates, patients, and their loved ones that illuminate and humanize the issues that define the death with dignity movement. Our website serves as a trusted resource for legal, medical, and other scholarly research, as well as an up-to-the-minute source for all news related to the death with dignity movement.
communication: through our website, in the media, and on our social media channels, we promote and educate a wide and diverse national audience about our model legislation, the oregon death with dignity act; our activities across the country; the nationwide death with dignity movement; and other end-of-life issues. We place special emphasis on reaching public officials and policy decision-makers, individuals who are terminally ill and their loved ones and physicians. We build relationships with advocates, who along with our staff and board members, serve as effective spokespeople for our movement. We communicate frequently with our constituents via email, sharing news, program updates, stories from advocates and patients, and other essential information about the death with dignity movement.