By building a corps of champions with knowledge and skills to help everyone make informed decisions, CIAC is committed to changing the culture in Arlington County around illness, dying, and healthcare.

CIAC offers educational workshops for local organizations at no cost. We utilize the (free!) resources from The Conversation Project to teach communication skills and the advance care planning materials from As You Wish VirginiaCIAC has received funding from the VCU Center on Aging to provide advanced care planning education and skill-building workshops for healthcare and human-services professionals and paraprofessionals who work with seniors in Arlington County. 

In fall of 2018 CIAC trained its first group of individuals to be certified facilitators for advance directives, as required by law in Virginia. In spring 2019 a second training was held. CIAC has 10 volunteers able to assist individuals in completing advance directives free of cost.

CIAC also promotes the Conversation Project's annual campaign Conversation Sabbath by providing resources to local faith leaders wishing to participate. Read about what Bethel UCC did for Conversation Sabbath 2016 here.

Conversation Sabbath at Bethel UCC. November 2016. Photo courtesy of Art Lipman.
Conversation Sabbath at Bethel UCC. November 2016. Photo courtesy of Art Lipman.

Contact us for more information on how CIAC can help you and your organization.

CIAC volunteers:

• Lead Conversation Workshops
• Provide education on Advance Care Planning including completion of Advance Directives
• Lead Book Discussion Groups
• Train Champions and Coaches

 

CIAC is convened by the Arlington Community Foundation and supported by the following organizations:

Marymount University * Virginia Hospital Center * Capital Caring
Goodwin House * Arlington Neighborhood Village * Arlington Area Agency on Aging
Interchurch Community Health Initiative * Commission on Aging