Monday, November 14, 2011


End-of-Life Expert Barbara Coombs Lee In Honolulu Wed 11/16 2 p.m. Harris Church

by Larry Geller

Ok, APEC is almost over. Back to the important stuff. Here is a chance to hear and speak with an expert on choice and empowerment, Barbara Coombs Lee, President of Compassion & Choices. Lee is the person who championed and became Chief Petitioner for the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

Come to a forum entitled "Hawaii Physicians Can Already Provide Aid in Dying"

The forum is sponsored by Compassion & Choices Hawaii and co-sponsored by the Kupuna Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai`i and the Kokua Council. [disclosure: I am president of Kokua Council.]

What: Hawaii Physicians Can Already Provide Aid in Dying

Who: Barbara Coombs Lee, President of Compassion & Choices

When: Wednesday, November 16th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Harris United Methodist Church

20 South Vineyard (Vineyard at Nuuanu)

Plenty of free parking. Enter via the first driveway on the left on Nuuanu.

Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit advocating for better end-of-life care. The theme of the forum is that the constellation of Hawai`i statutes gives its citizens broad autonomy over their end-of-life decisions, including aid in dying.

Barbara recently appeared on the national television show, The Dr. Oz Show,"Do You Have the Right to End Your Own Life?" and has been invited by Dr. Oz to be a partner and collaborator in Sharecare, a platform for consumers to obtain answers from renowned experts.

Barbara Coombs Lee, PA, FNP, JD, practiced as a nurse and physician’s assistant for 25 years before beginning a career in law and health policy. She has since devoted her professional life to individual choice and empowerment in health care. As a private attorney, counsel to the Oregon State Senate, a managed care executive, and finally as a Chief Petitioner for the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, she has championed initiatives that enable individuals to consider a complete range of choices and be full participants in their health care decisions.

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