The Ohio State Bar Foundation's Fellows Class of 2002 presented the Light the Way: Don't Leave Your Loved Ones in the Dark campaign - to tell Ohioans how important it is to plan for health care decisions before a crisis.
Each year, the Foundation's incoming volunteers - the Fellows Class - selects a project to promote public understanding of the law and improvements in Ohio's justice system. Learning that fewer than one quarter of Americans have documented their end-of-life health care choices, the 2002 Fellows Class felt it was critical to tell Ohioans they have the right to direct their personal health care choices even when unable to speak for themselves.
"Advance directives" is the legal term for documents that designate health care decision makers and choices about life sustaining treatment.
More than 2 million Ohioans have received the Light the Way message. The National Conference of Bar Foundations has honored the Foundation with its 2005 Award for Excellence in Public Service Programming for its work in creating and disseminating Light the Way: Don't Leave Your Loved Ones in the Dark
The information contained in this kit is geared to help service providers across Ohio - providers of legal, medical, social and membership services - educate their clients/target audiences. These Provider Partners can help their clients understand what advance directives are, who needs them and how to put these documents into effect.
To learn more about the community education tools contained on this site, please click here: Light the Way Campaign Tools
The Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization took over the Light the Way Campaign. OHPCO continues the annual "Light the Way Month" in August, which includes an annual appearance at the Ohio State Fair to help Ohioans complete advance directives.