November 2015 Kokua Mau eNewsletter

November is Hospice and Palliative Care month.  This is a wonderful time to honor all of those in our community who work tirelessly to help people facing serious illness and their loved ones.  Thank you for all your work.     
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 still open. This annual conference brings national and local leaders together for our state's premier palliative care conference.  Don't miss this fabulous meeting which is also a chance to meet your colleagues from around the island. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
Ko'olau Ballrooms & Conference Center 
Kaneohe, Hawai'i 
Fri. 11/6 A Rose for Remembrance

St. Francis Hospice Bereavement Services invites you to a life-changing experience.

Friday, November 6, 2015
7:00 pm
Newman Center - University of Hawaii - Manoa
1941 East-West Road

A Rose for Remembrance, is a touching interdenominational memorial service that honors the memories of St. Francis Hospice patients and others in our community. You'll have the opportunity to honor your loved ones by dedicating beautiful roses in their memory. You may bring a photo of your loved one to share that evening. This meaningful memorial service is being held in celebration of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

For more information, contact Wesley Taira, LCSW, Bereavement Social Worker at St. Francis Hospice, at or 547-8129.
Thurs. 11/12 Death Cafe

You are invited to attend the 5th Death Cafe Honolulu, a free event with (iced) tea, cake and conversation. The conversation is steered by the participants, and has previously touched on topics such as medical decision-making, paddling clubs taking people's ashes out to sea, teaching youth about volunteering in hospice, natural burial and so much more.

Thur. November 12th
BDK Hawai'i, 1757 Algaroba St, Honolulu.

Please RSVP to or on
11/12 Straight from the Heart: Palliative Care for Advanced Cardiac Disease
Kokua Mau and St Francis Healthcare Systems invites you to this national webinar free of charge to participants.

Over 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year - that's one in every four deaths.

Providing palliative care services to these patients presents many unique challenges to hospice and palliative care providers. This Webinar will dive into the prognostication and hospice eligibility issues for these patients as well as explore the latest evidence-based practice in care management including drug and technological innovations.  Faculty will also examine the vital role of the interdisciplinary team in providing the necessary support for patients and families receiving palliative care services for this complex and devastating disease.  
For additional information including Faculty and Continuing Education Credit information, visit the
NHPCO website 

Thursday, November 12, 2015
(Please arrive 15 minutes early. Session begins promptly)
St. Francis Healthcare Systems - Note venue change
Parking will be validated. Please RSVP by November 10 to Jeannette so you can get handouts, room information and updates.
Tue. 11/17 The Role of POLST in the Care of People with Dementia

Hosted by the National POLST Paradigm, Dr. Kenneth Brummel-Smith, Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professor of Geriatrics at the Florida State University College of Medicine, will present on discussing POLST and advance care planning when caring for people with dementia.

Tuesday 11/17/2015 at 9 am Hawaii time (11:00am PST)

To register for the webinar, click here

Wed. 11/18 Palliative Pupus

Please join us Wed. Nov. 18 for the Palliative Pupus

Come hear an interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care and mingle with colleagues.   

Wed. Nov. 18, 2015
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Please bring some pupus to share and invite your colleagues. This is a great chance for people who wonder what palliative and hospice care really looks like as we describe and discuss a real person and their journey.

Please note Palliative Pupus participants: There is FREE parking after 4 PM in the municipal lot on South Beretania, just Diamond Head of Queen's. See our website for a map.
Thur. 12/3 Kokua Mau Meeting

We hope you can join us December 3. This is the last Kokua Mau Monthly Meeting of the year.  We will have 2 presentations.  Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes and Jody Mishan will be presenting about the new grant the UH Center on Aging has received on dementia and be asking for our feedback.  Additionally we will have a presentation on the Kaiser Permanente SWITCH program.

Presenters:  Aleza Matayoshi, MD, Continuing Care Physician, Medical Director; Medicare
Walt Schroeder, Pharm.D., BCPS
Director; Transition and Senior Care Strategy

SWITCH (Social Wellbeings' Impact To Care & Health) is a care delivery movement to prioritize member preferences in medical care delivery.  The work centers around "knowing the member first and treating them second."  Social Work Navigators are paired with frail, elderly members to learn about their priorities for care and what matters most to them.  Navigators facilitate interdisciplinary team discussions with the member's primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, and home health representatives to develop a comprehensive social and medical treatment plan.  This work also involves collaborating with community resources to transform the way healthcare partners with the community to support member wellness. 

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015
Conference Room 224
Weinberg Building
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu

Reminder: Remember 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.  

Parking is validated and click here for a map and further details.  There will be real coffee and refreshments as well.

Myths and Facts about Advance Healthcare Directives

In case you are looking for a good article for your organizations' newsletter or need a handout for clients, here is a good article called Myths and Facts about advance healthcare directives.  You can find the complete article here

The article is written by Charlie Sabatino who has been involved with this issue for many years and is a well-respected national voice.

Resource: On-line continuing ed in Palliative Care

Are you looking for continuing education courses; or skills-building with on-line courses related to Palliative Care?

The California State Institute for Palliative Care offers well-regarded instructor-led online courses as well as self-paced courses for nurses, chaplains, social workers, and other health care professionals working in palliative care. Link to the courses.

In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
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 as our first training will be November 10.

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.
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?  
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

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.

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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