Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are launching a five-year, three-hospital telehealth project aimed at answering that question. The community-based participation research team is led by Ronit Elk, PhD, associate director of the Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care at UAB, and Marie Bakitas, DNSc, a professor in the UAB School of Nursing and the associate director of the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care. “There are long distances to treatment centers, not enough healthcare professionals, and of those who are healthcare providers, there are very few with palliative care clinical experience,” says Elk. Researchers also want to bridge the gap on the importance of faith to individuals and the conversations that physicians engage in to align care based on those values. “African-Americans’ reliance on hope and faith in God’s healing power can be at odds with the physician’s need to share a terminal prognosis.” (University of Alabama at Birmingham News, 11/12, www.uab.edu/news/health/item/9946-study-uses-telehealth-to-provide-palliative-care-to-rural-southeastern-communities; mHealth Intelligence, 11/13, https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/rural-telehealth-project-examines-palliative-care-population-health)