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Join HPNA for a 4-hour virtual mini conference where nationally recognized subject matter experts will discuss telehealth across the lifespan, LGBTQIA+ inclusive care, and compassionate gender-affirming care.


HPNA member rate: $150
Non-member rate: $275 (Includes 1-year HPNA membership)

The last day to register for this event is Wednesday, July 19, 2023.

You will receive an email with the Zoom access link to this conference three days prior to the event. If you have not received the email, please contact [email protected]

Can't attend? A recording of the live event will be available for purchase approximately two weeks after the event concludes. 


  • LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: Why it Matters and How You Can Make a Difference
    This session will focus on the importance of providing LGBTQIA+ inclusive hospice and palliative care and will provide actionable strategies for use in your own work with patients and families. We will learn about challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals when accessing hospice and palliative care and will discuss practical strategies to create a welcoming and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ patients and families. 
  • Compassionate Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Older Adults
  • This session will discuss compassionate and gender-affirming end-of-life care and bridging the clinical and research gap. By using the lens of caring for the transgender/ gender non-conforming older adult, we’ll discuss demographic factors and sociohistorical context, barriers and facilitators for compassionate care, a framework for gender-affirming end of life care, and share recommendations and resources to care for these patients and their circle of support.
  • Telehealth Across the Lifespan - Meeting the Needs of Those with Serious Illness
    This session will focus on telehealth and its role in caring for patients with serious illness and their informal caregivers. We will discuss strengths and challenges associated with telehealth delivery from the pediatric to the geriatric patient. Additionally, we will examine future direction and policy needs to ensure the use of telehealth care delivery.
  • Speakers

    Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, FNAP
    Dr. Acquaviva serves as the Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing. Prior to coming to UVA, she spent fifteen years as a faculty member at the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. During her time at GW, she served as both founding faculty and the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty affairs in the School of Nursing. As a social worker teaching within a school of nursing, her scholarship is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her scholarly work focuses on LGBTQIA+ aging and end-of-life issues, and her clinical work has been with patients and families facing life-limiting illness in both hospital and hospice settings. Dr. Acquaviva's first book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to transforming Professional Practice, was awarded first place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards in the palliative care and hospice category. Her newest book, The Handbook of LGBTQIA-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care, will be available Fall 2023. Dr. Acquaviva is the host of "Em Dash" podcast, a show that explores the lived experiences of patients and health care professionals in the health care arena. She has a PhD in human sexuality education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. She is an AASECT-Certified sexuality educator.

    Cathy L. Campbell, PhD, RN
    Dr. Campbell is an associate professor and department chair at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Her area of research focuses on increasing access to palliative care for vulnerable and underserved people, community-based advanced care planning, and spiritual care for transgender elders at end-of-life. She is an ordained Buddhist Chaplain. She led an interprofessional team who has prepared a white paper on best practices for end-of-life care for transgender elders. Her scholarly work and research have been published and presented to audiences both nationally and internationally. 


    Tracy Fasolino, PhD, FNP-BC, ACHPN®
    Dr. Fasolino has worked as a nurse for nearly 25 years in the clinical, research, and academic setting. She is passionate about meeting the needs of patient-caregiver dyads dealing with advanced lung disease living in rural communities. She works as an embedded palliative care nurse practitioner in a pulmonary practice and in a rural health clinic. As a Cambia Sojourn Scholar, Dr. Fasolino is helping to educate rural primary care providers about palliative care and the management of symptoms. She has expanded her work into the policy realm and seeks to highlight the resiliency of rural communities facing social drivers of health. Dr. Fasolino's nursing research is currently funded by the Hillman Foundation for a project titled "Project SUNDAYS", which helps medical teams better understand the impact of rural pastors on serious illness conversations and end-of-life decisions. 

    Vanessa Battista, DNP, MBA, MS, RN, CPNP-PC
    Dr. Battista is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner and currently serves as senior nurse director of palliative care at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Previously, she practiced as a pediatric nurse practitioner on the pediatric advanced care team at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She also served at the neuromuscular centers at CHOP, the Columbia University Medical Center, and the Children's Hospital of Boston. Dr. Battista was clinical faculty at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing where she developed the Pediatric Palliative Care master's subspecialty program. Dr. Battista also serves as a board member and consultant for various organizations. She lectures and teaches at the local, national, and international level, and is an ELNEC pediatric faculty member. Dr. Battista is an active reviewer for publications and grants and has authored several book chapters and articles. She is a Jonas Nursing Scholar, recipient of the ELNEC Award for Excellence, the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Columbia University, and the DNP Leadership Award from Johns Hopkins University. She also earned Clinical Master status among advanced practice providers at CHOP. Dr. Battista earned her bachelor's degree from Boston College in psychology, with minors in health sciences and faith, peace, and justice studies; her nursing degree and master's degree from Columbia University School of Nursing; and completed a certificate in pastoral ministry at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Dr. Battista obtained her MBA and DNP from Johns Hopkins University. 

    Heather Coats, PhD, MS, ANP-BC
    Dr. Coats has been an oncology and palliative care nurse for over 25 years. She currently serves as assistant professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and director of research at HPNA. Dr. Coats completed a two-year post-doctoral NIH/NHLBI T32 fellowship at the University of Washington/Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence. She was a NINR pre-doctoral fellow during her doctoral education at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. Dr. Coats has been continuously funded for six years from NIH for her program of research and was awarded a Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Award. She is also a research scholar with AAHPM and HPNA, a Sigma Theta Tau Inductee (Beta Mu Chapter and Alpha Kappa Chapter), National Nursing Honor Society Inductee with the University of Arkansas, and recipient of the HPNA Vanguard Award, Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award from the University of Arizona College of Nursing, Physician Satisfaction Award from Rose Medical Center, Patient Loyalty Team Award from Rose Medical Center, and Outstanding Graduate Award from Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. 

    Continuing Education

    Attendees can earn a maximum of 3.75 NCPD hours upon successful completion of this event. successful completion includes attending the activity in its entirety, attesting to attendance, and completing/submitting the post-event evaluation within the timeframe specified. 

    The faculty/planners of this accredited continuing professional development activity have disclosed no relevant financial, professional, or personal relationship with ineligible companies pertaining to faculty selection, delivery, and evaluation of this conference. 

    The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is an accredited provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). Provider number P0284.

    Cancellation Policy

    Registrants must place a cancellation request in writing up to three (3) weeks prior to the event to receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received less than one (1) week prior to the event will not be refunded. Please contact the HPNA education department about cancellations at [email protected]

7/21/2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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