Dr. Kimberly Acquaviva to present at upcoming HPNA virtual mini conference

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HPNA is pleased to share that Dr. Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE, FNAP will present at our upcoming virtual mini conference, What’s Trending in Hospice and Palliative Care, on July 21, 2023. Learn more about the event and register here.

Dr. Acquaviva’s session is titled ‘LGBTQIA-inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: Why It Matters and How You Can Make a Difference’ and will focus on the challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals when accessing hospice and palliative care. The session will include actionable strategies to use in your own pra ctice with patients and families, including fostering a welcoming and affirming environment.

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.