Healthy End of Life Project (HELP) Ottawa     

HELP Ottawa is a local, community-based, participatory research initiative, which has been designed to develop a Canadian-focused Healthy End of Life Project (HELP) framework.

Modelled after the critical and comprehensive community development framework, Healthy End of Life Project (HELP), developed by Andrea Grindrod, PhD, BEdSt, RN, and Dr. Bruce Rumbold and the Public Health Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. [1]

Designed to create a collaborative end of life culture, this 3.5-year project aims to strengthen family, community and organizational capacity while enhancing and strengthening links among health services, community programs, neighbourhoods and the broader community.

Dr. Pam Grassau

Principal Investigator, HELP Ottawa, Assistant Professor,
School of Social Work, Carleton University



For More Information

If you have any questions or comments or want to get involved as this work moves forward, please contact Lorraine Mercer (Project Coordinator) at and/or Pam Grassau at




[1] Grindrod, A., & Rumbold, B. (2016) Healthy End of Life Program (HELP): offering, asking for and accepting helpCreating an End of Life Collaborative Community Culture. La Trobe University Palliative Care Unit, Melbourne, Australia.

[2] Video created by Faculty of Public Affairs

[3] HELP Logo developed by Jeffery Poissant, Unit Media Specialist, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University.

[4]  “When Light Comes” by kern.justin is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0