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2nd June Newsletter
June 2013

Congratulations to All of Us!! 

We have won the National Trailblazer Award!!

Kōkua Mau has been honored with the 2013 Trailblazer Award by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

The national trailblazer award recognizes us for "for developing innovative methods to improve patient access to quality and compassionate care".

"One of the things that we were impressed with was Kōkua Mau, Hawaii's Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's commitment to working collaboratively across the healthcare continuum in the creation of this program that can be used as a model in other states," said Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO.

This is a wonderful recognition of the collaborative work we all do but also a chance for you to announce this and talk about your work inside of your organizations.  We have created a press release which you can use for your internal communications or to reach out to other media sources you work with.  Please contact Jeannette directly for a copy and any help you might need with this publicity.  We have also posted the entire press release on our website.   


Thurs 6/27 Kokua Mau meeting with Angelo Volandes & ACP Decisions Videos
Please put the next monthly Kokua Mau on your calendar.  Our special guest will be Dr. Angelo Volandes, creator of the ACP Decisions Videos.  This will be a great chance to share experiences of how you are using ACP Videos and for those who have yet to start using them, you can listen to others stories to get you going. Please note: we will be meeting at 4pm to accommodate Dr. Volandes' schedule

These short videos (3 to 12 minutes) are intended to be a tool in conversations to help people understand the decisions that they need to make when facing serious illness.
More on our website.

Thursday, June 27
4PM to 6PM
Room 224
Weinberg Building at
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii
2226 Liliha Street

If you would like to call into the meeting, please use the following number and code: 661-673- 8600; participant access code: 921870# 

To learn more about the "ACP videos" as we use to call them, please visit their website acpdecisions.org.  

HMSA has agreed to pay the licensing fees for the entire state for three years so we have a tremendous opportunity to use these videos where they are needed - hospice, hospitals, long term care, case management, doctor's offices, health clinics, faith communities. 
We welcome your feedback, suggestions and ideas. (more)

If you are new to the videos, the meeting will be a good chance to hear how others are using them so please familiarize yourselves with them first. 

And please read a recent
Atlantic Monthly article (April '13) on the videos entitled  "How Not to Die - Angelo Volandes's low-tech, high-empathy plan to revolutionize end-of-life care".

Please let
Jeannette know if you have updates or would like to be added to the agenda.  

July - Next Month: Please note the 7/24 Meeting will be on Wednesday instead of Thursday from 3-5pm.

Please join us Wed. July 24 for our next Kokua Mau meeting when our special guest will be Lani Maxera, POLST Coordinator for California.  Lani has agreed to come and speak with us during her vacation and will be presenting about how their state engages on POLST.  They have 27 regional POLST committees, a physician champion group and education around the state.  Lani is also interested in how we are using POLST and looks forward to talking with us.  Hope you can join us. 

For directions and parking information check our website
In this Issue:
Kokua Mau wins national award
Thurs 6/27 Kokua Mau Meeting
Kupuna Pono
-- Reminders --
Fri. 6/28 for Veterans Facing Illness and Death
Fri. 8/9 Bioethics Conference
Fri. 8/16 A Remembering Walk
Membership Drive 2013
Kupuna Pono


At a recent Kokua Mau meeting, we had a presentation by Tracey Wiltgen on Kupuna Pono.  Tracey reported that many of the family conflicts they mediate involve health issues and the conversations are similar to those we see in hospice and palliative care. We see opportunities for collaboration as we both seek to prevent crisis and relieve stress. 


Tracey Wiltgen sent this description of their program: Conflict is a fact of life. When families are faced with the challenges of caring for an aging family member, conflicts often become more emotional and escalate. To assist families engage in difficult conversations and prevent or resolve conflicts that arise around the care of the elder member, the Mediation Center of the Pacific created the Kupuna Pono Program. Through family conferences and mediation, families are able to talk through the sensitive issues with the assistance of impartial facilitators and mediators who then help the families create custom plans that meet the unique needs of the elder person and the other family members. To learn more about Kupuna Pono, call the Mediation Center at 521-6767


Reminders from past eNewsletters

Fri 6/28 Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death
There was so much interest in this year's Hospice Foundation of America teleconference that there will be a repeat viewing on June 28 from 9 am-1 pm HST.  This presentation focuses on caring for veteran's and covers a number of interesting and useful topics concerning veterans and end-of-life concerns.  Over 10% of Hawaii residents are veterans and many facilities and organizations are caring for them.

The teleconference will be held at the
3rd Floor Conference Room of the
Spark M. Matsunaga Ambulatory Care Clinic
459 Patterson Road, Bldg 111
Honolulu, HI 96819.

This is a free event; no registration fee but only limited seating is available. Please RSVP by June 21 to Janelle Miyashiro Interim VA Hospice and Palliative Care Coordinator or call 808-433-7676.

Note: Attendees are required to stay for the full presentation and expert panel discussion to be eligible for CEs. Details and flyer with further information on speakers is on our website

Parking will be limited, so carpooling is encouraged. All cars without a Tripler parking sticker will have to check in after passing the sentry gate and a free day pass will be issued. Please allow extra time for this.


8/9 2013 Bioethics Conference

The 2013 International Bioethics Conference entitled, "Caring for Our Kupuna (elders):  Balancing Human Dignity and Economics" will be held:

Friday, August 9, 2013 at the
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. 
Dr. Faith Fitzgerald will return with her fabulous storytelling presentation.  Dr. Jing Jih Chin will share on how the Asian countries are ethically managing their elderly.  In addition, they are bringing Timothy T. Taylor, an economics professor to explain in layman's terms how we will manage escalating medical costs.


Register before July 15 for the early bird special of $100.00.  For further information contact Katherine Korenaga, Ethics & Education Coordinator, St. Francis Healthcare System or call (808) 547-8126.

8/16 A Remembering Walk

Breathe in Nature:  A morning of connection, grief awareness and nature walk.  Family members throughout Oahu will gather together to share reminisce and support each other and take in Hawaii's natural beauty. 

A Remembering Walk
9:30 - 11:30 am
Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden
45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe

Sponsored by St. Francis Bereavement Services.  Please RSVP to Luisa Wyant or call 808-547-8147.

See you soon!

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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