Care & Prepare formerly CQEC

A nonprofit organization

53% complete

$3,000 Goal

Our Vision: To foster a culture in which All people live well All their days.                    

Our Passion: Helping all our neighbors understand their healthcare rights & responsibilities has fueled our 2023 Pilot project: #ACPforALL

Our Dream: Provide All Texans with Advance Care Planning (ACP) & ability to retrieve those decisions by clinicians. 

Who We Are: Care & Prepare engages individuals, both healthy and those facing illness, in a proactive dialogue around Advance Care Planning to ensure that their wishes for end-of-life are clear and honored.

We seek for all to benefit - especially our BIPOC neighbors (Black, Indigenous & people of color), who may not have understood their health care rights & responsibilities. Care & Prepare participated in a study that was reported in JAMA Network May 2020. The research question was: "Can a low-cost, easily scaled, end-of-life conversation game motivate underserved African American individuals to engage in advance care planning?" Currently, less than 25% of BIPOC have ACP planning. Hence, they are less likely to have their medical care wishes known & honored. This more informal approach to ACP yielded an increase in ACP document completion. If we want to increase concordant ACP wishes & care with BIPOC, then better methods of communication are in order to decrease the disparity.

Our Mission: To stimulate end of life conversations through education.

As a provider of ACP training, we utilize evidence-based curriculum from Respecting Choices as well as
the Serious Illness Conversation Program. But as good as both those methods are, we have identified
additional material & a need to embed ACP into healthcare systems & corporations. Our bold initiative is to
implant ourselves further into the community by developing an ACP Benefit Program.

Currently, C&P is a 99% volunteer team. We have only recently engaged a part-time employee to
coordinate the volume of people trained, assist with grant writing & other communications. Ideally, we would
like to keep up with the demand of our community, but our county has grown by over 1 million in the last
decade.
Of particular concern is our BIPOC neighbors, who may not have understood their health care rights
& responsibilities.

We strengthen the administration of justice in the community especially when the at-risk & BIPOC (Black,
Indigenous and people of color) are informed of their rights & responsibilities. This keeps the healthcare
decision-making authority of the patients between them and their chosen agents versus being subject to the
statutes for medical decision-making authority over them.

You can help us extend our reach by funding Care & Prepare's ACP for ALL Pilot Project.

Our Needs

Currently, we need:

  • Launchpad money to start our ACP for ALL Facilitators - will seek opportunities to reach BIPOC. This will become a sustainable consulting practice through building a volume of business. 40 physicians desire our Services already, but we don't have capacity to meet the current demand. 
  • Funding for creation & dissemination of Advance Care Planning materials
  • Funding of operational support
  • Funding for technology to help us capture individual ACP Plans so they can be available to physicians to honor those healthcare wishes

 Will you help us reach our neighbors with this important & timely information?

 

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Mission

Our vision: Foster a culture where All people live well All of their days.

Our mission: Stimulate end of life conversations thru education.

This social intervention of providing ACP education, with documentation & storage is a radical change from the status quo.

Did you know all the landmark cases for End-of-Life Care involved young adults in their 20s? Accidents, illness, and injury can surprise anyone. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to Steward their legacy regardless of their age or station in life because each life is valuable.

Advance Care Planning: It's always too early - until it's too late!

We are a small nonprofit with a few revolutionary ideas & a long track record of success. For 24+ years we've been organized & run by volunteers: primarily nurses, social workers, chaplains and few physicians as their time would permit in Fort Worth.

Covid changed things. Texans are more aware that their healthcare status could change in an instance. We have a death averse culture, so dying & end of life issues are rarely discussed even with some terminally ill patients. This is not an acceptable standard of healthcare.

Our Challenge: To revolutionize the process of ACP in Fort Worth, Texas by creating a registry of all ACP documents & make those medical wishes available so any physician with a web browser can know & honor those healthcare decisions. Few Fort Worthians have ACP documents; studies show our minority communities have even less. The elderly, terminally ill & underserved populations are struggling the most with Covid. Ours is a unique effort to reach the terminally ill, the frail & our minority community by embedding into physician's offices & other trusted partners.

Needs

Our Needs

Currently, we need:

Launchpad money to start our ACP for ALL Facilitators - will seek opportunities to reach BIPOC. This will become a sustainable consulting practice through building a volume of business. 40 physicians desire our Services already, but we don't have capacity to meet the current demand.

Funding for creation & dissemination of Advance Care Planning materials

Funding of operational support

Funding for technology to help us capture individual ACP Plans so they can be available to physicians to honor those healthcare wishes

Will you help us reach our neighbors with this important & timely information?

Equity Statement

Our dream: Everyone has Advance Care Planning (ACP) and an opportunity to explore what types of healthcare would they want to receive should they suddenly have an irreversible accident, illness or injury.

ACP as it should be: Person-Centered, Integrated, Care Concordant & Accessible.

ACP as it is: Nonexistent, Institution specific, & rarely accessible.

We believe in = "ACP for ALL." ALL meaning ALL.

Few in DFW have ACP documents; studies show our minority communities have even less. The elderly, terminally ill & underserved populations are struggling the most with Covid. Ours is a unique effort to reach the terminally ill, the frail & our minority community by embedding into physician's offices & other trusted partners.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Care & Prepare formerly CQEC

Tax id (EIN)

74-3230134

Guidestar

Causes

Health Care, Human Rights, Civil Rights & Advocacy, Seniors

Operating Budget

Less than $100,000

Counties Served

Tarrant

BIPOC Serving

Other

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

PO Box 12424
Fort Worth, TX 76110

Phone

817-247-1776

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