3rd Kōkua Mau Feb. Newsletter

 Aloha Kokua Mau, 

We are putting out another newsletter to let you know of more interesting events.  

Hope to see you next week at our Virtual Palliative Care conference.  Details for registration are below.  The last conference was excellent and the line up of speakers for this one are as well.  And you don't have to get on a plane or get stuck in the snow to participate!  Sign up today while there is still room. 

Register for Feb. 18 & 19, 2015 Virtual Palliative Care Conference

Learn How to Begin or Enhance a Community-Based Palliative Care Program.

Wed. Feb. 18 - Foundations in Community Based Palliative Care
Thur. Feb 19
- Community Based Palliative Care - Creating a Continuum of Services

7:30 am to 12:45 PM

Location: HMSA

We are hosting our second virtual palliative care conference 'Creating the Future of Palliative Care". Hosted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). We meet at HMSA at 7:30 am HST (12:30 EST). We watch the live stream together. Seating is limited, sign up today.

A discounted registration fee of $40 per day ($65 both days) is offered to all Kōkua Mau members.

Non members pay $60 per day ($100 for both days).  


Wed. 3/11 Nonpharmacological Interventions for those Living with Dementia

Dear Dementia Champions and Advocates,

The last time this presentation was held it filled to capacity within one week, so there wasn't even have a chance to send it to all networks.

The presentation will be held again, in he hope that if you were unable to come last December, you can make it this time. Please include this notice in all your organizations newsletters or mail notifications.

Nonpharmacological Interventions for those Living with Dementia: Addressing Behaviors and Improving Quality of Life.

Wednesday, March 11
4:00 to 6:00 pm
15 Craigside Solarium,
15 Craigside Place, Honolulu

Please RSVP because the audience is limited to 100, by responding to this email or calling Jody Mishan at 295-2624. Kindly pass on to your networks or to anyone who may benefit.

Presenters: Aida Wen, MD, CMD and Brett Lu, MD, PhD

Hawaii NASW CEU pending approval

This is a free event with pupus and refreshments provided. Sponsors are Executive Office on Aging, Pacific Islands Geriatric Eduction Center (Dept. of Geriatric Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine) and St. Francis Healthcare System


Get ready for National Healthcare Decisions Day 4/16

Free Webinar to Kick Start your program.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (PST)

April 16th is just a few months away and it's time for advance care planning advocates everywhere to start preparing for National Healthcare Decisions Day!

This free webinar is an opportunity to:
  • Delve deep into National Healthcare Decisions Day
  • Learn about successful NHDD event planning models, and
  • Find out how to use NHDD's easy social media tools to promote the importance of advance care planning
NHDD is a 50-state initiative to provide clear, consistent information on healthcare decision-making to both the public and health care providers through the widespread availability and dissemination of simple, free, and uniform tools to guide the advance care planning process.

This free webinar is open to everyone. Sign up today!

In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
Wed. 2/25 The Conversation: Advance Health Care Planning

In Hawai'i, there are significant opportunities to better honor people's preferences for care, and we have a unique opportunity to make that happen.

Wed. February 25, 2015
5 - 7:30 pm
4:30 p.m. Registration
UH Mānoa Campus, Campus Center Ballroom
  • Informing and Honoring Patient Choices - Dr. Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School
  • Best Care Possible - Dr. Rae Seitz, MD, HMSA Senior Medical Director
  • Panel Discussion: "Real Life Conversations"
Pupu Reception. No admission cost. RSVP by February 15 online.

This event is open to UH Mānoa students (nursing, social work, public health, medicine, law, etc.), UH Mānoa Nursing alumni, and members of the healthcare community. More

Parking after 4 p.m. on upper UH Mānoa campus is a flat fee of $6.

Persons with disability-related access needs are invited to contact Carlyn Okatomi, Event Coordinator, at carlynli@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-0896 by February 18, 2015.

Sponsored by HMSA, UH Mānoa Nursing, and UH Mānoa Nursing Alumni Association.


Thur. 2/26 Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting

The February Kōkua Mau Meeting (2/26) will be at HMSA and not at St. Francis, only for this one time to meet Dr. Angelo Volandes.

Thur. Feb. 26
3-5 PM

Room 1804, First Floor

Makai side of the building

Middle of the building, next to the guard desk

Parking is validated


He will give us an update on the ACP decision videos, especially the videos filmed in Hawaii with a local focus and presenters.  He will also  talk about his latest book: "The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care", just released by Bloomsbury Press. We are happy to welcome Dr. Volandes back to our Kōkua Mau Meeting.

Join us for other updates and please let Jeannette know if you have items for the agenda. 

Parking details and room number in the next reminder. There will be real coffee and refreshments as well.

Save the date: Sat. 3/28 POLST Training

POLST Training for APRNs and Physicians.

Sat. March 28, 2015
(Registration and lunch beginning at 11:30am)

Kōkua Mau, Hawaii Hospice and Palliative Care Organization invites you to a 4 hour training for providers who are actually completing the POLST.
This interactive session will be a combination of lecture, video, case study and role play.  The faculty are experts from our Hawaii community, all with direct experience of discussing and completing POLST.
Full details and registration materials to follow.

2015 Membership Drive

Please renew your Kōkua Mau Membership. Yes, membership is tax-deductible for 2015.  

Membership and donations are an essential part of keeping Kōkua Mau fiscally sustainable. Individual Membership starts at $40. We especially encourage organizational membership by community leaders that support our mission. Please contact Jeannette for details.
How do I join?
Please download our membership form and put it with a check in the good old postal mail.

Online: chose your membership level and click the Donate Now button on the right hand side of the webpage. Please put 'membership' in the 'Designation (Optional)' field, click 'add to giving cart' and follow the subsequent steps. We know, the free version of network for good does not look exciting but it is free. Thank you!
Benefits of Joining Kōkua Mau?

Kōkua Mau, as a local non-profit, community-benefit organization is fueled by the passion of dedicated volunteers with a lean budget and every penny spent on making our work possible. (We are not a state agency!) 

Expanding networking and education for professionals. 
Kōkua Mau continues to provide professionals an opportunity for education and networking through:
  • Kōkua Mau e-newsletter providing updates on local and national events, resources and research
  • Kōkua Mau website is well visited and constantly updated
  • Monthly Kokua Mau meetings, which usually include a speaker, local updates and networking opportunities
  • Palliative Pupus - our cutting-edge, clinical case discussion
  • Palliative Care Salon - a chance to talk and reflect with colleagues
For over 15 years, Kōkua Mau has been a voice for outstanding hospice and palliative care and services in Hawai'i, providing high-quality information, trainings and ever growing networking opportunities.
Please contact Jeannette with any questions.

From past eNewsletters

Books and News
New ACP Videos Released: Palliative Care & Advance Directive

ACP decisions has released several new video resources including:

"Palliative Care: An Introduction" introduces patients and families to palliative care.

"Healthy Adults Video" Less than half of American adults have an advance directive.  As a result, many families are unaware of their loved one's health care wishes and preferences during a medical crisis. ACP Decisions has created a video support tool to help healthy adults learn  more about advance care planning.

You can read more about these short videos at acpdecisions.org or our website and contact Robert Eubanks at HMSA if you are interested in getting the videos for your facility.  If you are already using the videos, you will see these listed in the menu.

The new book by Dr. Angelo Volandes

Congratulations to Dr. Volandes!

The book, The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care, by Angelo Volandes is being released this week by Bloomsbury Press.  The book is a part memoir and part guide about how American medicine fails patients with serious illness and offers a better approach to improve how Americans live as well as possible for as long as possible.  You can order the book on Amazon and have it signed at the Kokua Mau meeting in February. 

Dr. Volandes is also the driving force behind the ACP videos and many of you might have met him during his visits to Hawaii.

"Just Forget About It" by Mary Jo Bennett

Congratulation to Kokua Mau's own Mary Jo Bennett. Her article "Just Forget About It" was just published in the New Age Journal.


Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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