Kōkua Mau eNewsletter

There are many events in the month of October. We have listed them (some again) by date and hope you can participate.
Aloha United Way Giving 2015

Please remember us in your Aloha United Way giving.  For the first time you can make a contribution specifically to Kōkua Mau by using our designation number 80410 on the Donor Designation Form (or the new online version).  

Please tell your colleagues, friends and loved ones who might be part of an AUW campaign as well. The coconut wireless is still the best way to spread the word about this new opportunity for Kōkua Mau.
Thur. Oct. 29 Kokua Mau Monthly Meeting

Reminder:  there are 2 Kokua Mau meetings left in 2015:  October 29 and December 3. December 3 is the last meeting of the year as we combine the November and December meetings into one, due to Thanksgiving and the Holidays.  After that, please join us again January 28 in a brand new 2016.

We hope you can join us on Thursday, October 29 for our
Kokua Mau Monthly Meeting. This month we will be focusing on a visioning process for Kokua Mau and the state.  This is part of a larger 5 year vision that we are working on with input from key people in the community, including and especially Kokua Mau participants.  Please come and participate in this interactive meeting and RSVP so we can get a head count.  If you would like to be involved in the process but cannot attend, please let Jeannette know. 

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Conference Room 224
Weinberg Building
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu

Parking is validated and click here for a map and further details.  There will be real coffee and refreshments as well.
Advance Care Planning Speakers wanted!
Wanted: People interested in speaking in the community about Advance Care Planning. Kōkua Mau is getting more and more requests for presentations from community groups and we would like to expand the number of speakers we can send out to meet face-to-face.

We will train you and give you materials but you should have a good understanding of the topic and be comfortable talking to groups. If you are interested in helping, let Jeannette know.

Thurs 10/29 Night of the Living Will
The University of Hawai'i Elder Law Program (UHELP) at the William S. Richardson School of Law will once again hold its annual

During this daylight presentation of their annual Halloween event, the University of Hawai`i Elder Law Program will present a talk about medical treatment decision-making and advance care planning to include informed consent/informed refusal, individual instructions for health care, durable powers of attorney for health care, comfort care only-DNR bracelets/ necklaces and Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

Thursday October 29, 1pm

William S. Richardson School of Law Library
UH Campus 

Call  956-6544 to save a seat or e-mail: uhelp.edu@gmail.com

Fri/Sat 10/30 & 31 The M Technique For End-Of-Life

This structured system of touch is suitable when massage is inappropriate because the receiver is very fragile, critically ill or the giver is not trained in massage. The 'M' works on the skin receptor sites that send signals to the brain. This method of touch has been used in America since 1994, and is taught in universities, hospital, hospices, nursing colleges and massage schools. The 'M' Technique® is different from massage. More details on our website.

Fee: $50 for the M Technique workshop. Each workshop is limited to 24 participants so register early. You can attend the workshop on Friday Oct. 30 or Sat. Oct. 31. 

1PM to 5:30 PM (both days)
Sullivan Center - 4th Floor
Iolani School
563 Kamoku St
Honolulu, HI 96826 
Thank you to St. Francis Health Care System for the generous sponsorship of this event of the 'Iolani Hospice Program in collaboration with Kokua Mau.
In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
New video - POLST: Doing it Better

POLST: Doing it Better is a new free POLST Video (7 Min 22 sec) available from the National POLST office. This excellent short video nicely summarizes the essentials of POLST.  Please share the link with your colleagues.  

We'd also like your feedback. Do you feel we need an additional video just for Hawaii on POLST and if so what information is missing?  
BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

Filmed March 2015 at TED2015 this is a 19 minute video with BJ Miller, a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it's simply comfort, respect, love. 

Oliver Sacks By Atul Gawande

Here is an wonderful article by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker on what he learned about being a doctor from Oliver Sacks, who died recently.
Sat. 10/10 Hawaii Social Worker Ethics Continuing Education Workshop

Renewal for Social Workers Hawaii State License expires June 30, 2016.  One of those requirements is social work ethics continuing education.

This workshop will make you familiar with ethical theories and guidelines, federal and state laws and regulations, key ethical issues in social work, and NASW resources. Upon completion of the workshop, you will receive your CE certificate (3 ethics CEUs), meeting the social work ethics continuing education requirement for license renewal.  The CEUs are approved by NASW Hawaii Chapter, and the workshop is hosted by Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
9 am - 12 noon
Kieffer Hall - Room 9
Chaminade University of Honolulu
3140 Waialae Avenue

Workshop cost: $75 (plus tax & fee). Pre-register and pay with credit or debit card through Eventbrite.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Linda Axtell-Thompson, ethics and strategy consultant with Axtell Consulting. Dr. Axtell-Thompson is currently an adjunct faculty member at Chaminade University of Honolulu and the University of Hawaii West Oahu. Her more than 30 years of professional experience in the Hawaii nonprofit sector include strong emphasis in ethical issues of aging, dementia, end-of-life care, and the intersect of professional ethics and personal values. 
Fri. 10/16 Hawaii State Fall Prevention Conference

Friday, October 16, 2015
7:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Hawai'i Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

CEUs available (see their website). Registration rates:
Regular (ends Sept. 30)  $125.00
Late (ends October 16)   $150.00
Student (no expiration)     $60.00 
Sat. 10/17 A Night to Remember

Each fall, Hospice Hawaii hosts a candlelit memorial service called A Night To Remember. The evening provides the opportunity for family and friends to honor their loved ones. More

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Sacred Hearts Academy
3253 Waialae Avenue
5:00 pm - Assemble Luminaries 5:45 pm - Ceremony
Register Now: Nov 11 The Fine Art and Science of Pain and Palliative Care

Registration for The Queen's Medical Center conference on Pain & Palliative Care is now open. This annual conference brings national and local leaders together for our state's premier palliative care conference. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
Ko'olau Ballrooms & Conference Center 
Kaneohe, Hawai'i 
  • Early Bird registration until October 27
Fast Facts of key palliative care topics

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness.

Palliative in Practice:  A blog discussing pertinent issues across the full spectrum of palliative care. Sign up for free

Fast Facts provide peer-reviewed, evidence-based summaries of key palliative care topics. Each Fast Fact is printer-friendly and free.  View them all at https://www.capc.org/fast-facts/

Choosing Wisely®

Choosing Wisely®, a campaign of Consumer Reports, to provide resources for consumers and physicians to engage in important conversations about the overuse or misuse of medical tests and procedures that provide unnecessary and potentially harmful medical care.  This excellent campaign has suggestions from a wide range of professionals organizations and very relevant for our work.
Video: Ain't no way to die

This is an amazing video by ZDoggMD, Rapper and MD. Watch it through to the very end (only 4 minutes). Ain't no way to die

ZDoggMD is a physician, off-white rapper, and the founder of Turntable Health. He's not a businessman.  A hospitalist at Stanford for almost 10 years, Dr. Z currently resides in Las Vegas-a city he finds simply adorable.  More and a list
off all his videos including one on Readmissions.

Kaiser Hawaii Palliative Care MD position

The Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, Inc. is seeking a Palliative Medicine Physician to join its Continuing Care Department at the Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic candidate to use creativity and innovation to expand the Palliative Medicine Program. More: careers.hawaiipermanente.com
16-Page Kokua Mau Booklet

Thank you to all of you who contacted us and are already using the updated booklet!

Our 16-page Kokua Mau booklet "A Guide to Advance Care Planning: Making Life Decisions" has been re-printed.

A big big mahalo to Mountain-Pacific Quality Health for their generous sponsorship of printing 40,000 copies!  

Now available with updated wording, the new booklet reflects 2014 changes to POLST which added APRNs as signers.

It is our hope that, for instance, every Medicare recipient will have access to the booklet. We encourage you to make good use of this excellent resource and distribute it widely within your network.

Please contact us and let us know how many copies you would like so we can work out how to best get them to you.  

Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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