"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 Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, M.D. at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center through her research program, Project Talk.

The project will engage African American and other underserved populations 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:
  • yielding information about the advance care planning needs of African American communities,
  • engaging African American and other underserved communities in an interactive advance care planning activity through the use of Hello gameand
  • yielding information on the value of the activity on advance care planning behaviors in African American and other 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. Non-profit research sites will have the opportunity to apply for a small event grant.
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 African American or other 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 African American or other 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 Site Criteria

In addition to the event criteria above, fifteen (15) sites will be selected to undergo additional pre-selection screening by Project Talk researchers. 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.

Limited funding is available through HFA to provide small event grants. Research sites with non-profit status have the opportunity to apply for funding.
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