COHO Rogue Valley

The COHO Project
In 2010, a group of dedicated community volunteers came together to address an unmet need for community education around advance care planning and meaningful conversations centered on end of life. This pilot project was incubated by Jefferson Regional Health Alliance and funded by a host of community organizations and individuals. During its lifetime, the COHO project raised awareness of palliative care and the importance of advance care planning for end of life. Free public workshops and other educational offerings were a hallmark of COHO’s work and thousands of individuals completed Advance Directive and POLST documents with the help of COHO facilitated workshops. The project came to a close in September 2016.



View a 7-minute video introduction to COHO:

*Video:forsythe chat


Watch Videos of 2014 Public Forum Presentations 

Screenshot 2015-03-19 09.42.06








When to Talk about End of Life Decisions – Adie Goldberg, Psychiatric Social Worker, interview on theDoveTV, March 19, 2015


Have you had the conversation?

60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is "extremely important," yet only 44% have communicated their end-of-life wishes. (California HealthCare Foundation 2012)

70% of people say they prefer to die at home, yet 70% die in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility. (Centers for Disease Control 2005)

80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about end-of-life care, but only 7% report having had such a conversation. (California HealthCare Foundation 2012)

82% of people say it's important to put their wishes in writing, but only 23% actually have. (California HealthCare Foundation 2012)