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Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning means making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. Once you have made these choices you can document those wishes in a health care directive. You are encouraged to discuss your choices with family, friends and health care providers.

Health care directives

A health care directive is a legal document that your family, friends and healthcare providers use to understand your health care decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself.  Questions and Answers About Health Care Directives provides additional information about Minnesota’s law, the importance of a health care directive and what you should consider when creating one.

You can contact a qualified legal professional for guidance on health care directives, or find free Health Care Directives through Honoring Choices Minnesota that meet all of the state’s legal requirements. They also have resources and directives available in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

A Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

This form gives clear medical orders to help care providers follow your wishes, especially during an emergency. The POLST is another piece of advance care planning but does not replace a health care directive. The Minnesota Medical Association created this form for those who have an advanced serious illness to identify what types of end of life medical treatment wishes. Download and complete the newly revised form at POLST Minnesota.

Request for proposals – advance care planning initiative

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is seeking proposals from qualified respondents to develop and implement a statewide advance care planning initiative.

Organizations or entities with expertise in convening and coordinating community-based strategies that encourage individuals, families, caregivers and health care providers to begin conversations about advanced care planning are encouraged to apply.

Advance care planning is a communication process between individuals and their families, caretakers, and health care providers to identify, assess, and discuss end-of-life care values; document these preferences to minimize confusion; and ensure that care providers honor individual’s preferences when no longer able to speak for him or herself.

Available funding

$250,000 is available for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.


The awardee must coordinate efforts with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance, a broad partnership of organizations and leaders dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer across Minnesota. The Cancer Plan Minnesota 2025 calls to increase the use of advance care planning.

To apply

Download the Advance Care Planning Grant 2017 Request for Proposal. If you need the application in a different format or for additional information, please contact

Q & A for Advance Care Planning Grant