Who We Are

Conversations: Health and Treatments, or CHAT is a partnership between the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University,  Northwell Health , and communities in the New York metropolitan area. The CHAT project and its members are a trusted steward of the community, seeking to identify gaps in understanding, care and advocacy and working with communities to fill them.

The mission of the CHAT project is to empower individuals with information about advance care planning, allowing for more open communication with their families and clinicians about patient-centered medical decision-making for themselves and loved ones should they be faced with a serious, life-threatening, or end-of-life situation.

Through careful consideration of each community’s needs, CHAT strives to build and implement community outreach programs that include critical educational and legal services which foster effective medical decision-making and end-of-life planning. CHAT’s goal is to equip individuals and their families with the tools needed to make and guide informed decisions about their own care in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves.