About Us

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The Mountain Coalition for Healthcare Decisions is a collection of individuals and organizations working collaboratively to preserve the quality of life and continuity of care for all Western North Carolina residents by encouraging people to consider and share their wishes for treatment at the end of life. We are part of a growing movement that encourages honest and open conversations about death and dying.

Our team works across the WNC region to educate community members about Advance Care Planning documents (health care power of attorney and living wills), in addition to working with providers to maintain best practices. We host workshops, events, panels, presentations to engage the wider community in a discussion about advance care planning and end of life care. We provide training and education for facilities and primary care practices. If you are interested in having a workshop at your facility or getting extra training for your staff please visit our Contact Us page.

According to data collected by the WNC Healthy Impact survey, we know that only about 38.8% of WNC residents have completed an advance directive. We want that number to grow. Advance care planning is not about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. We believe the entire community needs to be having these conversations and completing the documents. If you or your organization is interested in joining us, please reach out to our coordinator.

The MCHD is supported by Community Care of Western North Carolina.


Email: MCHD@ccwnc.org

Team members

Our team members represent many areas of the community and play a vital role in the WNC’s collective movement to encourages honest and open conversations about death and dying.


  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC-Asheville (OLLI)
  • Four Seasons Compassion for Life
  • CarePartners Health Services
  • Community Care of Western North Carolina
  • Land of Sky Regional Council