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Ann Jackson began her career with hospice and end of life care nearly 28 years ago. She currently facilitates conversations among individuals and families who are making decisions for themselves or loved ones about choices at the end-of-life, now and in the future; consults with boards and administrators in developing organizational policy about end-of-life choices; and provides expertise to governmental and legislative bodies who are wrestling with end-of-life policy and law. 

Jackson is a primary spokesperson about end of life choices in Oregon. In her role as executive director and chief executive officer of the Oregon Hospice Association (OHA), she presented frequently on its behalf. Her role now is to present, openly and honestly, independent information about Oregon's experience in its role as a "laboratory" of the states—a role assigned to it in 1997 when the United States Supreme Court referred the issue of aid-in dying to the states (Washington v Glucksberg). Oregon's Death With Dignity Act, passed in 1994 and 1997, was implemented in 1998.

In the last eight years, Jackson has talked about what really happens in Oregon with policy- and decision-makers throughout the United States, including, most recently, Maryland, New Mexico and California, as well as Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii and Pennsylvania; and in the countries of Canada, England, Germany, Scotland, and Japan. 

Jackson is a co-investigator of published research looking at hospice workers’ experiences with people who consider hastening death or using Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, as well as the effectiveness of POLST in hospice and nursing home settings. 

Jackson retired from OHA in 2008, a year during which she was honored many times for her contributions of the previous 20 years. Among the cherished mementos are awards from SHOER (State Hospice Organization Executive Roundtable), a national group, and Curry County Home Health and Hospice, a small hospice on the southern Oregon coast. 

In 2007, Jackson won OHA’s coveted annual Beth Wessinger Award in appreciation of her dedication and commitment to the hospice movement in the State of Oregon. OHA is a 501(c)(3) charitable, not-for-profit organization whose goal is to make sure that all Oregonians can have excellent care as they—or their loved ones—approach the end of life.

Jackson has participated in numerous state, national, and federal task forces over the years looking at improving the quality of care at the end of life.

She has been a member of Oregon’s Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Task Force (POLST) since its inception in 1991. She represented the Oregon Hospice Association on the Task Force to Improve Care of Terminally Ill Oregonians from its inception in 1994 and the completion of its tasks in 2009. She authored the chapter about hospice and palliative care in The Oregon Death with Dignity Act: A Guidebook for Health Care Professionals in its first several editions and co-authored the last.

Jackson was a member of the Physician Aid-in-Dying Guideline Committee, convened by Compassion & Choices in June 2012. The clinical practice guideline for physicians was initially published in 2013 and in the Journal of Palliative Medicine in December 2015. She was also involved with the Oregon Health Decisions task force re advance directives; the Oregon Partnerships for Cancer Control and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention; and the Pioneer Network, a partnership for excellence in long term care. In 2006, she joined regional and national task forces looking at issues related to drug disposal, including the Oregon Drug Take Back Stakeholder Group.

Jackson was a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) National Quality Advisory Council and, over the years, NHPCO's State Issues Subcommittee, Standards, Regulatory, Nominating, and Council of States Steering committees. She was a founding member of the State Hospice Executives Roundtable (SHOER). 

Jackson contributed to the development of the conditions of participation for hospice adopted by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2008. She participated, too, in developing health plans for insurers and rules for the Oregon Health Plan’s hospice and comfort care benefit.  She worked with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to develop legislation expanding the Medicare Hospice Benefit in the 1990s and was a member of retired Oregon Congresswoman Darlene Hooley’s advisory committee on health care.

She is a former board member and officer of Community Health Charities of Oregon and the Scleroderma Foundation Oregon Chapter. She was featured in the Oregon Chapter’s January 2014 issue of “Around the World in 2013”. 

Jackson was featured in Atkinson and Not-for-Profits: Business Savvy for the Greater Good in the Fall 2006 issue. She won the Distinguished Alumna award for Excellence in Not-for-Profit Management from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management in November 2000. She was awarded an MBA in Not-for-Profit Management in 1984. She very recently ended many years of membership on Willamette University Trustees' Atkinson Advisory Board. She was also educated at Portland State University. Both institutions are in Oregon. 

Before working at OHA, Jackson was with The Hallock Agency, an advertising and public relations firm, where she developed marketing and organizational strategies for public and nonprofit organizations. She is a former political consultant and educator, and has been involved in the health care community for many years.

 

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration, Not-for-Profit Management (Accounting; Organizational Development), 1984
Geo. H. Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, August 1969
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon