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The Alliance Conversation Series
Applying Compassionate Listening Techniques to Address the Prevalence of Suicide in Underserved Communities

Presented on: Tuesday, December 07, 2021

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

The sessions encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: The incidence of death by suicide in the United States has significantly decreased in the past two years. National and local studies attribute this decline to a drop in rates among white Americans, who make up the majority of suicide deaths. Meanwhile rates among Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans — although lower than their white peers — are continuing to climb in many states. In this session, we will examine the prevalence of suicide in underserved communities, explore the root causes, and discuss strategies to address the associated stigmas that come with suicide deaths.

Added Learning Opportunity (optional) We encourage you to continue with us for an optional 30-minute Breakout Session that will take place following this session at 3pm ET/2pm CT/ 1pm MT/12 pm PT. These breakout discussions will serve as a value opportunity to connect with your peers in the community in small, collaborative groups and apply lessons learned from the general session. Following the breakout session, we will reconvene with our speakers to share key insights and strategies identified.


  • Explain the prevalence of suicide in underserved communities.
  • Identify the root causes of suicide including mental illness, socioeconomic changes, social isolation, Racism, Sexism, etc.
  • Discuss strategies that healthcare professionals can implement to prevent suicide within the population they serve.
  • Apply compassionate listening techniques to effectively communicate with potential donor families.

Transplant Center Professionals, Organ Procurement Organization Professionals, Quality Improvement Professionals and Leadership, OPO and Transplant Center Leadership, Directors, Managers, Clinicians, Front-line staff and Individuals interested in improving relationships between OPO and Transplant programs.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education credits are no longer available for this learning opportunity.

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