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Palliative Care in the Dakotas

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Rural adults are more likely than urban counterparts to have a larger range of chronic conditions (Woeppel et al., 2019) and extensive disparities in health, such as greater rates of death, pain and suffering and reduced life expectancy (Rural Health Information Hub, 2019). The increasing need for palliative care services coupled with reduced access to palliative care services, health disparities, and presence of increased chronic conditions by rural residents create an urgent need to further quantify the current palliative care services available throughout the states of North and South Dakota.  

We are fortunate to have robust and accomplished specialty palliative care programs, as well as primary care programs, in the Dakotas. During this session, program leaders will highlight the definitions and benefits of palliative care, offer practical application tips and identify a multitude of resources and training opportunities for individuals and professionals. Attend this Webinar to learn more. 

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe palliative care and palliative care specialty services
  • Identify the benefit and value of palliative care services
  • Identify available resources and training opportunities in the Dakotas


Charlene Berke, BS, RT (R)(T), ARRT

Project Director – South Dakota Palliative Care Network, Upper Midwest Palliative Care Education Network

Sarah Mollman, PhD, RN, CHPN®, CNE®

Co-Project Director - South Dakota Palliative Care Network, South Dakota State University, College of Nursing

Mari Perrenoud, RN, CHPN

South Dakota Palliative Care Network Director

Nancy Joyner, MS, CNS-BC, APRN, ACHPN University of North Dakota -Center for Rural Health

Palliative Care Outreach Specialist


May 17
3:00pm - 4:00pm