Covenant Health launches new initiative to promote advance care planning

As set out in Covenant Health’s press release:

“Under the auspices of Alberta Health and Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and funded by an Alberta Health grant, the Advance Care Planning (ACP) Alberta project aims to provide education and practical supports related to advance care planning by way of partnerships in relevant sectors outside health care, including law, banking and financial planning.

The ACP Alberta project is the latest in a series of pioneering provincial initiatives to promote advance care planning. This project is based in large part on the work of the Alberta Innovates-funded Advance Care Planning Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities (ACP CRIO) initiative, which ran from 2013 until 2019 and focused on establishing best practices for promoting advance care planning across a complex, multisector healthcare system.

The launch of ACP Alberta came ahead of Advance Care Planning Day (April 16), a nationwide promotion spearheaded by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) where Canadians are encouraged to set aside time to talk openly with family, friends and loved ones about their wishes for their future health care.”

RMRF partner Shelly Chamaschuk was involved in the project as a member of the ACP Alberta Advisory Committee. Shelly leads the firm’s Wills, Estates & Trusts Team. Her practice focuses on corporate / commercial matters, business and succession planning, estate planning, including Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Personal Directives, family trusts, and estate administration. Shelly has long been involved in health care. Prior to entering law, she worked for the Capital Health Authority and was the Regional Coordinator for the Department of Laboratory Medicine.