"Hello" Project

Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) is coordinating a 14-month research project underwritten by the John and Wauna Harman Foundation using Common Practice's Hello game.

Aimed at understanding the advance care planning needs of underserved populations, the project will use the end-of-life conversation game, Hello, to support a collaborative research project led by HFA and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The project will engage underserved populations (defined as individuals who face barriers to healthcare due to socio-economic, geographic, linguistic, cultural, or educational circumstances) in substantive, enjoyable and meaningful end-of-life discussions among participants who subsequently take additional advance care planning steps. It will
 provide a significant contribution to the field by:
  • engaging underserved communities in an interactive advance care planning activity through the use of Hello game, and
  • yielding information on the value of the activity on advance care planning behaviors in underserved population groups.
Fifty (50) sites will be selected across the country to host an event and fifteen (15) of those sites will be selected for research activities.

Research sites will host a focus group led by researchers following the game activity to assess the game's effectiveness and participants' readiness to engage in further advance care planning. HFA will collect data from non-research sites and publish the results from anonymous participant surveys administered following the game activity.
Event Host Sites as of 9/5/18
All 50 event hosts will receive the following complimentary materials:
  • Hello community event kit including the game,
  • event host manual,
  • outreach and publicity tools,
  • sample media templates,
  • online access to all project resources, and
  • webinar-based event host training.
All sites will host events with:
  • a minimum of 20 game participants,
  • a maximum of 50 game participants, and
  • a majority of participants from underserved populations. 
Event Host Application Criteria

Applications from organizations interested in becoming a site host will be reviewed and considered based on the ability to meet the criteria listed below:
  • Guarantee a minimum of 20 and maximum of 50 game participants.
  • Guarantee the majority of participants are from underserved populations in your community or service area.
  • Host an event by November 30, 2018.
  • Provide the event and materials to participants free of charge.
  • Use the event host materials provided as part of this project.
  • Attend a 2.5-hour event host webinar-based training.
  • Participate in post-event data collection by completing an event host evaluation and administer event evaluations to participants that will be completed anonymously at the end of the event.
Research Component 

In addition to the event criteria above, fifteen (15) sites will be selected to undergo additional IRB screening by Project Talk researchers. This extensive process includes an interview with researchers and will take approximately 4 weeks to complete. If selected for research, your game event will be scheduled to accommodate the researchers' availability.

Research sites will:
  • Host a focus group with event's African American population that will be led by the project's research team immediately following the event to assess the game's impact.
  • Provide logistical support to the project's research team as needed during the focus group.
Prior research experience is not required to become a research host site. A Project Talk researcher will travel to research site locations and perform all research and data collection activities.

Interested in hosting a Hello event in your community?
Please review the required information on this PDF prior to completing your application using the link below. Only applications that are complete and submitted via Survey Monkey will be considered.

Hello Host Application

Read the Hello Project Press Release

Learn about the Hello Game