Our very own Kōkua Mau Board Members have been recognized with various awards. Congratulations to all of them!
Dr. Rae SeitzDr. Anna Loengard was recognized by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii as the 2013 Physician of the Year Award for Home Care and Hospice. St. Francis Healthcare, an organizational member of Kōkua Mau, received four awards from HAH this year and you can read more on their website.
was voted one of the top 30 Visionaries
in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). More
Congratulations to Ken Zeri, President of Hospice Hawaii, for the 2013 Ho'okele Award, awarded by the The Hawaii Community Foundation and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.
|Thur. 10/17 Nurses and Friends Salon|
You are invited to participate in the next "Nurses and Friends Salon". Thursday, October 17th5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Laulima Women's House
1802 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu
The gathering will be casual potluck style. For more information, and to RSVP to get your parking pass, please email Leanne Logan
or Pat Nishimoto
Please do NOT park in 'Reserved'
spots. Park at the Catholic Charities parking lot next door to Laulima Women's House. Parking passes for participants will be distributed at the event.
|Thur 10/31 Kōkua Mau Meeting|
Please join us for our monthly Kō
kua Mau Meeting. If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact Jeannette
Thur. Oct. 313PM to 5PM
Weinberg Building at St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i
2226 Liliha Street
For directions and parking information check our website
|Death over Dinner - a new venue for talking story|
|Would you be willing to host a small dinner party to talk with friends about death and dying? While the topic may seem morbid, many of us struggle for ways to engage with friends about important but difficult topics. What better place than a safe environment with friends? This seems like a great idea for Hawaii. |
"Death over dinner" is an interactive website that helps you create a dinner invitation to talk about death, with a menu of interactive options, videos and reading assignments. Visit their website
and find out more about it.
Here is a short synopsis from Death over Dinner: How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn't having. Death over dinner
has gathered dozens of medical and wellness leaders to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment.
Let us know if you try it and what your results are!!
|Kōkua Mau in the News!!|
Pacific Business News wrote an good article about Kōkua Mau and our Trailblazer award!! The article nicely outlines Kōkua Mau's mission and activities, encouraging people to talk ahead of time about end-of-life care wishes. Click here to read Jenna Blakely's whole article.
|Thur. 11/14 Celebration of Life|
In observance of Veterans Day and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Bristol Hospice invites you to join in a Celebration of Life.
A day to remember and honor your loved ones with a heart-warming memorial service. The event is open to the public. (Flyer on our website
)Thursday, November 14, 201310:00 AM to 11:30 AM
at O'ahu Veterans Center
1298 Kukila Street, Honolulu
For more information please call 536-8012 or email: email@example.com
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|Hospice News Network Now Available for Hawai'i!|
Hospice News Network: A great opportunity to be better informed.
Hospice News Network, is a national e-newsletter that provides a summary of hospice, palliative and end-of-life care articles. The stories cover local, state and national issues and come from a variety of sources. A number of colleagues in other states subscribe and find it useful and interesting.
If you would be interested in getting this weekly newsletter, just let Jeannette know. HMSA has agreed to pay the cost so we are able to offer it to free for interested people and organizations in Hawaii.
The most recent issue includes a recent report from the Dartmouth Atlas on continued low usage of hospice and possible contributing factors; a call from OIG for more frequent hospice certifications; and a study in The Journal of Palliative Medicine which found that community-based palliative care has a significant impact in "preventing vulnerable people at the end of life from being exposed to the stressful [emergency room] environment and decreases pressure on [emergency departments]."
|Kupuna Education Center Fall Session|
The Kupuna Education Center Fall Session started on Sept. 21.
October 4 & 21: What Family Caregivers Want & Need to Know. For a full schedule (4 page PDF) see our website
|Nov 11: The Fine Art & Science of Pain & Palliative Care|
|Dec. 3-5, 2013 Hawaii HCBS Conference |
|See you soon!|
Jeannette Koijane, MPH
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