Mission: Massachusetts health decisions (mhd) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that provides both public and professional education on ethical issues in health care. Mhd works collaboratively with health care organizations, clinical and administrative staff, educators, and members of the public to develop programs that benefit people who provide care and those who receive it.
Programs: Health care proxy program: continuing professional education and consultation for nurses, physicians, admissions and social service staff on use of advance directives; public education and consultation; distribution of forms and materials in english and 14 non-english languages and braille. Benefit to 2000 persons. Mhd continues its effort to make its print materials available in american sign language (asl) for people who are deaf, deaf-blind, and late-deafened. Asl materials are included on mhd website. Mhd's website became active on-line in october 2016. Site includes extensive educational materials for members of the public and health care professionals on advance directives and other issues of health care decision making. See: http://masshealthdecisions. Org
in 2015, mhd brought its small-grant program, "health decisions resources," into full operation. Funded by a charitable gift, the program helps nonprofit health care and health education organizations with small "just in time" grants for public benefit projects and programs-all falling within mhd's own charitable mission guidelines. The mhd website provides complete applilcation information, including a list of recently funded projects as examples. Mhd funded two projects totalling $18,000 in 2017.