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Program Summary

Conversations that Matter: Advance Care Planning for Rural Families is designed to be used to facilitate community education events about advance care planning in a variety of settings, including places of worship, lunch and learn events, community centers, and many more. These materials can be used with adults of all ages.

Program Benefits

As a result of this program, participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of the importance of advance care planning
  • Describe the difference between long-term care planning and advance care planning
  • Increase knowledge about the role of health care agents/proxies

Target Audience

This lesson is intended for:

  • adults

This lesson can be presented to adult individuals and groups, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, marital status, sexual preference, profession, or other demographic characteristics.

Program Length

The average length is 60 – 75 minutes.

Program Cost


Equipment Needed

Conversations that Matter: Advance Care Planning for Rural Families Facilitation Guide.

Want to Know More?

These materials are designed for use in North Dakota and South Dakota, but can be adapted to any state. You can learn more about the program here.


If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Leacey Brown, South Dakota State University, at or 605-394-1722.


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