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There’s No One To Talk to: Addressing Needs In Rural Palliative Care Free Webinar

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July 28, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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July 28, 2021
4:00pm – 5:00pm CT


This free webinar series is supported by a generous grant from the Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks and the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.


Liz Anderson, DSW, LCSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Western Carolina University
Liz is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Western Carolina University, nestled in the rural southern Appalachian Mountains.  A former hospice, palliative care and renal social worker with two decades of experience, she now conducts research focused on how to best meet the emotional and supportive care needs of vulnerable patients and family members, particularly for American Indians and people in rural communities.  Dr. Anderson is a 2018 Sojourns Scholar Award Recipient and the principal investigator in the research project, “Best Practices to Engage Family Members in Palliative Care for Rural Patients with Kidney Disease” and “Empathetic Goals of Care Conversations for Rural Patients with Kidney Disease via Telehealth.” She is co-PI on a NIH R21 grant, “Cultural Tailoring and Advance Care Planning Intervention for American Indians.” Dr. Anderson is a secretary and board member for the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network and on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Supportive Care of Kidney Patients. Her work was recently featured on PBS News Hour’s Brief but Spectacular https://youtu.be/MPVRf8i30gQ. Dr. Anderson has a deep respect for the vulnerable voices that often are not heard, especially as they near the end of life.

Caroline Twiggs, Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement, Mars Hill University
Caroline is the Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement, Caroline works to meet the needs of the community through connecting faculty and students to agencies and non-profits in our region. She also serves as the Bonner Scholar Coordinator. She is academically interested in social justice and politics and can be found on campus teaching about public policy, social change, and leadership for the Community and Non-Profit Leadership Major. Caroline serves on the Council of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at MHU. In her personal time, Caroline enjoys spending time with her toddler, traveling and listening to live music.


People in rural communities often do not have easy access to palliative care and palliative care and hospice professionals in these areas face their own challenges. This presentation reviews the state of rural palliative care, focusing on resource shortages, staffing issues, and other challenges. Key findings are presented from a recent study with patients, highlighting the importance of patient-centered care. The presentations closes with suggestions for organizations and communities (building coalitions, payment models, retaining staff) and patients and families (relationship building, empowering and resiliency building).


After attending this session, you’ll be able to:
1. Describe the current state of rural palliative care, with special attention to resource and staffing shortages, and the unique serious illness conversation and emotional needs of persons living in rural communities.
2. Implement culturally competent changes to conversations about palliative care with persons living in rural communities.
3. Identify patient and community level interventions, strategies and techniques to engage people living in rural communities in palliative care.

Webinar Information:

This webinar is FREE!
Please use your Medicare ID number for your membership number.
Registrants will receive the Zoom link and call in information the week of the training.
This is an intermediate level course.
No Nurse CE’s are provided for this training.
Social Worker CE’s are available at no charge.
No CME Credits are provided for this training.

This webinar will be recorded. The recording will not offer CE credits. If you are not able to attend on the day of the webinar, please register like you are attending and MHPCA will send you the recording. Please email crystal@missourihospice.org if you would like the recording. 

Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association, #1359, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 2/28/2020–2/28/2023.   Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hours.