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Last Acts to Release First-ever State-by-State 'Report Card' on End-of-Life Care


Mayflower Hotel
Chinese Room
1127 Connecticut Ave., N.W

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (ET)

Report Will Include Ratings on Pain Relief, Hospital Services, Hospice Use and Numbers of Physicians and Nurses Trained in Care of the Dying

Accompanying Public Opinion Poll Will Reveal Americans' Perceptions of Care

The first-ever "report card" on end-of-life care in each state and the District of Columbia will be released Monday, Nov. 18, at a news conference sponsoredby the Last Acts campaign, the nation's largest coalition dedicated to improving care and caring near the end of life. The news conference will be accessible to reporters around the country by telephone and live Webcast (details below).


  • Jim Towey, Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and CommunityInitiatives
  • W. A. Drew Edmondson, Attorney General, State of Oklahoma and President, National Association of Attorneys General
  • Judith R. Peres, leader, "Means to a Better End" Report Team and Deputy Director, Last Acts

Last Acts' state-by-state analysis, "Means to a Better End: A Report on Dying in America Today," will paint a statistical portrait of the availability and use of good end-of-life care. The report also will call for specific action steps to strengthen care for dying Americans. Remarks at the news conference will include responses to the findings from national leaders offering both faith-based and policy perspectives.

Last Acts comprises more than 1,000 organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, AARP and NAACP.

Reporters outside Washington, D.C., may access the briefing as follows:

To hear proceedings live and ask questions of the panelists, dial these numbers at 11:20 a.m. (ET):

  • From inside the United States: (888) 843-1793
  • From foreign countries: (212) 271-4801

To observe the event without directly participating:

  • View the live Webcast at www.rwjf.org at 11:30 a.m. (ET).
  • After the event, audio replay will be available through Dec. 2 by dialing (800) 633-8284. Then at the prompt, enter 20926636.

Media Services Available:

News Conference/ Briefings

Contact Information

Media contact(s) for journalists:

Mollie Katz, Burness Communications
Arlyn Riskind, Burness Communications

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