Bringing Advance Care Planning to Your Community: Project Talk Trial

Program begins at 00:13

This informative session provides an overview of the Project Talk Trial, an exciting and unique opportunity to participate in an NIH-funded research project about advance care planning. The Project Talk Trial is a national project seeking 75 hosts across the US to each hold a community event for underserved populations. Events can be held in English or Spanish.

The session provides information about:
  • The need for advance care planning in underserved communities
  • Conversational activities that stimulate advance care planning
  • How to become a Project Talk Host

Hosts receive a $300 stipend to host one community event with a goal of 20 participants. Project Talk will provide all materials, and our team will travel to the event to assist with facilitation. These events may be held at almost any location and are commonly in churches, retirement communities, libraries, or other community centers.


Lauren J. Van Scoy, MD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Van Scoy is a Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences. She joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in 2013 and practices Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and was recently awarded the Parker B. Francis Jo Rae Wright Award for scientific excellence. Her research studies end-of-life issues and includes advanced care planning, communication, and end-of-life decision-making. She is the director of Project Talk, a research program that studies the impact of innovative conversational tools in a variety of settings including the intensive care unit and community groups. Learn more. 

Amy Tucci, President & CEO, Hospice Foundation of America. Amy Tucci began work with HFA in 2004, directing its national annual Living with Grief® educational event and its Washington, DC office and staff. She has produced numerous educational programs on advanced illness care and grief and has edited more than a dozen books on topics involving end of life, including ethics; pain management; child and adolescent grief; grief theory; aging; diversity; and spirituality. In addition to carrying out HFA’s core mission, Amy has overseen or is actively engaged with several national grant-funded initiatives related to advance care planning, children and funerals, and autism and grief. 

Special Guests - Project Talk Event Hosts:
  • Vivial Lopez, Gateway End-of-Life Coalition
  • Maria Pepe, Empath Health