But Jo's passion for issues surrounding medical decision making and end of life began with the passing of her brother, Wesley, in 1998. That led her to service as volunteeer chair of Iowa's largest hospice and, ultimately, to writing and speaking about health literacy, the legal issues of death and dying and the meaning of legacy.
Jo's writing includes The 60-MINUTE GUIDE TO HEALTH LITERACY - A common sense approach to medical decision making, The practical guide to Health Care Advance Directives, SO GROWS THE TREE - Creating an Ethical Will - The legacy of your beliefs and values, life lessons and hopes for the future and her 2014 novel EXIT, set in a small-town hospice. Jo is also the author of a multistate Health Care Advance Directive that reflects contemporary medical conditions and treatment/care choices and acts as a decision making guide for any health care situation.
Former co-host of WHO Radio's "Credit Show," Jo has been featured in print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, Reader's Digest and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A regular contributor to the Des Moines Register, her work has been featured online at the Huffington Post and LifeZette. Her 10-week series, Health Literacy 101, appeared in the Des Moines Register. Jo lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.