Community Education

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As part of our mission as a community-minded, non-profit organization, HopeHealth provides education for people with an interest in serious illness and grief support. Our rich curriculum is designed for:

  • Healthcare professionals. Our courses, certifications and conferences cover the latest trends and research in dementia and Alzheimer’s, advance care planning, symptom management, complex care conversations, and end-of-life care and planning.
  • Members of the community. If you are caring for an aging parent, spouse, sibling or friend with a chronic illness, or if you’re dealing with the loss of someone dear to you, we can help.

Learn more about who we are.

Complex Care Conversations (communicating about serious, progressive illness)

Overview: Complex Care Conversations is an interactive, small-group curriculum for clinicians who treat patients dealing with serious, progressive illnesses such as heart failure, cancer and dementia.

This program offers guidance on approaching goals-of-care conversations more easily and effectively. These important discussions are frequently sensitive and should not be delayed or postponed. The sessions offer a framework for navigating conversations to elicit patients’ values and preferences in a way that is mutually transformative for clinicians and patients.

Learn about the course’s credit designation.

Program audience: Practice teams including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nurse care managers, medical assistants, social workers and other team members as well as public health professionals.

Objective: Give clinicians key tools for effective communication and learn skills of balancing patients’ values with the medical reality when recommendations are given to patients and families. 

Providers will learn how to properly bill and code for these reimbursable activities. In addition, participants will receive education on bedside ethics when faced with surrogate decision makers, as well as prognostication that will enable them to guide patients and families in effective ways as patients approach the end of their life. Lastly, participants will learn techniques to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue in caring for very complex and fragile patients, creating a climate of healing for all involved.

This program is supported by funding from the Rhode Island State Innovation Model Test Grant, the Rhode Island Department of Health, University of Rhode Island’s Geriatric Education Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

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HopeHealth's Complex Care Conversations team

(Click on the date of the session you wish to attend below to register.)

December 17, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1085 North Main Street, Providence RI

Speaker's Bureau

At some point, many of us will be called upon to care for someone who is seriously ill. To help people get through these trying times, HopeHealth leads educational talks that can be held at community organizations, senior centers, schools, faith communities and area businesses.

Led by our community educators, these presentations deliver informative, thought-provoking information and can be tailored to the specific audience. General topics relate to hospice, dementia and Alzheimer’s, and other subjects. Some of most popular programs are:

  • Voice Your Choice – Advanced Directives: Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney Forms
  • Caregiver Support: Keeping Yourself Healthy While Caring for Others
  • Hospice 101: Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions of Hospice Care
  • Dementia 101: What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Learn more or sign up

If your group is interested in learning more, please email

Questions about our community education?

Call us at (401) 415-4200 or email

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