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January 2014


Happy New Year to us all!!

Thanks to the great video made by Janette Sargent-Hamil, we were able to participate in the Ananda Fund Hawaii video competition.

The prize we are hoping for is $2,500 for Kōkua Mau. Please make sure you vote before January 14, 2014.

You need to be on Facebook to participate in the Ananda Fund Hawaii's video competition.

There are a few steps you need to take to vote for our video. Please make sure you indeed "Vote", not just "like" the page to be counted for the prize.
Next you need to:
  • "Like" the Ananda Fund Page
  • Click on the vote tab
  • Find the Kōkua Mau video: "Some of the Most Important Conversations You Will Ever Have"
  • Click on our Kōkua Mau video
  • Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on the button "vote"
  • Enter the information required by the Ananda Fund Hawaii (name and email), click "enter" and your vote will be counted.
  • Voting ends January 14! 
  • Tell all your friends about it (and ask them to vote)
  • You can of course watch and vote for all the other interesting videos as well.
To read the instructions on the Ananda Fund Hawaii website

To see a photo of the steps go to our website

If you are not on Facebook you can watch the video online, but unfortunately you cannot vote and help us get the prize of $2,500 by January 14.

Resource: Ethnic Specific Geriatric Care

Check out this new resource: Stanford University's Ethnic Specific Geriatric Care in the United Sates. The eCampus Geriatrics in partnership with the Collaborative on Ethnogeriatric Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs presents Ethnic-Specific Modules on the health and health care of multicultural older adults. http://geriatrics.stanford.edu/ethnomed/           


Wed. 1/15 Palliative Pupus

Please join us for the first Palliative Pupus of 2014.  These interesting palliative clinical case discussions are open to all.  The meeting is held at Queen's Conference Center from 5:15-7pm. 
Thur. 1/30 First 2014 Kokua Mau Meeting

Please join us for our first monthly Kōkua Mau Meeting in 2014.

Thursday Jan. 30
3PM to 5PM
Room 224
Weinberg Building at St. Francis Healthcare System
2226 Liliha Street

If you would like to be on the agenda, please contact Jeannette directly. For directions and parking information check our website


Save the date: 3/14
St. Francis Grief Conference
St. Francis Grief Conference
Friday March 14, 2014
Ko'olau Ballrooms and Conference Center

Caregiving and Grief... Awakening Heart and Soul

Please register at www.stfrancishawaii.org. Early bird registration before Feb. 14, 2014.
Kōkua Mau 16-page booklet available now!

We are happy to announce that the new Kōkua Mau 16-page booklet is ready: "A Guide to Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions". We hope this guide will be useful to you, your clients and your patients as it addresses many "hard to talk about" subjects in plain English, such as:
  • Promoting Better Communication and Shared Decision-Making
  • What is Palliative Care?
  • What is Hospice Care?
  • What is Comfort Care?
This has been a collaborative effort and we thank everyone, especially our communications committee, who has helped to finish it up.

Thank you to UHA Health Insurance, who agreed to help with the printing and production costs and the National POLST office for their grant to make this possible. 

Please visit our website for a PDF file of the booklet and more information.  We will be distributing copies at the January Kōkua Mau meeting on Jan. 30. 


Advance Care Planning Materials Survey

In an effort to better serve our community, our Advance Care Planning Committee continues to identify resource materials for people facing serious illness, their loved ones and professionals.


We'd like your help in identifying good materials that you already use and gaps that we could fill, either by creating new materials or finding other resources. Thanks for your help in taking a few minutes to complete this survey to help us with our process.

Thank you again for your support and Happy New Year!

Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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