DSW Candidate – Caitlyn Sokoll, LCSW, APHSW-C, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Dying in the Hills: Examining Access and Utilization of Hospice Care in Appalachia

DSW Candidate – Caitlyn Sokoll, LCSW, APHSW-C

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Dying in the Hills: Examining Access and Utilization of Hospice Care in Appalachia

The purpose of this presentation is to understand barriers to hospice care in rural Appalachia and the impact on quality of end of life care. It begins with a literature review that identifies commonly held beliefs about hospice care. A second portion considers cultural implications through social work theories, diving into the strengths of Appalachian people and how they can uniquely benefit from hospice services.

Finally, a program is established to attempt to increase utilization. This program provides education to primary care physicians, empowering them to have difficult conversations and make referrals for their patients when they become eligible for hospice care. Social workers play a valuable role in advocating for equitable healthcare access and addressing cultural beliefs to support vulnerable populations.

Through research and education, hospice social workers can provide Appalachians with the dignity and support that they deserve at the end of their lives.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify barriers to hospice care in Appalachia.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify cultural characteristics of Appalachian people that make them uniquely benefit from hospice care.
  3. Attendees will be able to identify psychosocial benefits of hospice care for terminally ill patients.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.