Thank you for your interest in hosting a Project Talk event in your community!
Apply now! Sites are accepted under rolling admissions. There is currently no deadline. Once accepted, most events are completed within 9 - 12 months.
Please review the Project Talk Application FAQs before submitting the application.

Project Talk, led by study director Dr. Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, is pleased to announce a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded randomized controlled research trial that will evaluate the impact of three conversation tools: 1) Conversation Starter Guide, 2) Hello, an end-of-life conversation game and 3) Table Topics, a general conversation game.

We want to learn how these tools impact advance care planning (ACP) rates, and the quality of ACP conversations in underserved communities.

Project Talk is being conducted by Penn State College of Medicine in collaboration with Hospice Foundation of America and University of Kentucky. It is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the NIH. The study is approved by the Institutional Review Board at Penn State College of Medicine.

We will select 75 sites that will be randomly assigned to one of three groups: 30 to the Conversation Starter Guide, 30 to Hello, and 15 to Table Topics. Of the 75 sites, 15 will involve Spanish-speaking communities. Each site will host one event.

All 75 event hosts will receive the following complimentary resources:

  • Four hours of virtual training on hosting a Project Talk event
  • Tools and materials available in English and Spanish (event toolkits, conversation tool for attendees, research-approved outreach and publicity tools)
  • A $300 stipend to support marketing and event expenses

Hosts must also agree to:

  • Recruit a minimum of 20 underserved adults (18+ years of age) for the event
  • Recruit from underserved populations (such as those from ethnic and racial minority backgrounds, rural communities or low-income areas).
  • Agree to host an event regardless of the activity tool that was randomly assigned
  • Host an event using only project-provided materials (materials available in Spanish)
  • Attend four hours of online training (Selected organizations will identify at least one staff person to be trained for the event. Additional staff are also welcomed to complete the training. At least one trained host must be present for the event.*)
  • Host an event on the project timeline: Please see the Project Talk Application FAQs
  • Provide an appropriate person to lead the event
  • Provide an appropriate venue for the event

*A trained Project Talk research team member(s) will attend the event and be responsible for all aspects of the research procedures (such as informed consent, data collection, etc). While the host will guide the event from beginning to end, the Project Talk team member(s) will be able to support and assist the host throughout the entire event.

To apply, potential hosts must complete the application form below and, if invited, participate in a telephone interview. Host sites will be selected based on geographic diversity and experience hosting events in underserved communities.

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