Please remember to renew your Kokua Mau membership or join for the first time during our
2016 Membership Drive - details below
March 2016 Kokua Mau eNewsletter  


I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events in March. We listed them by date. (Sorry, the clickable table of contents does not work in the PC version anymore, so we let go of it.)

Thank you for participating in our 2016 Membership Drive - its easy and fast and crucial for Kokua Mau's ongoing work - details below. 
Thur. 3/3 Medical-Legal Partnerships: Adding a Lawyer to the Healthcare Team

Medical-Legal Partnership Hawaii presents: "Medical-Legal Partnerships: Adding a Lawyer to the Healthcare Team" with Ellen Lawton, National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Thursday, March 3, 2016
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Reception begins at 5pm, followed by the program at 5:30pm.
UH Law School (Classroom 2)
2515 Dole Street, Honolulu
Light refreshments provided

An evening with Ellen Lawton, a poverty law expert who directs the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the George Washington University's Department of Health Policy and Management.  

She is a lead editor of the textbook, Poverty, Health & Law: Readings from Medical-Legal Partnership and received the 2011 Innovations in Legal Services Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.  Ms. Lawton will share her insights about the innovative MLP model and discuss how Hawaii's legal community can serve as effective partners to address health-harming legal needs for vulnerable communities.

This free event is supported by the Hawaii Primary Care Association. UH Law School is located at 2515 Dole Street.  $6 Parking available at UH (Zone 20).  

For more information, please contact Dina Shek
Mon. 3/7 Dementia Friendly Communities: Best Practice and Models

Please respond to Jody Mishan directly.
Monday, March 7
4:30-6:30 pm
Kahala Nui - Diamond Head Room 
4389 Malia Street, Honolulu, 96821 
(free event, refreshments provided) 

Space is limited so please register with me:
Phone: 295-2624
The expert presenters, who will be visiting Hawaii from Minnesota, are Dr. Terry and Michelle Barclay. They will be in Honolulu the week of March 7-11, providing dementia trainings related to our new grant from Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging "Alzheimer's Disease Initiative" awarded to UH Center on Aging. They are experts in writing and training on dementia-capability. Please ask Jody for their bios. 
This is all about creating "Dementia Friendly" communities in Hawaii based on some best practices and models. One of the most evolved and highly regarded initiatives is Minnesota's model which you can explore on their state dementia collaborative website, ACT on Alzheimer's:  
Michelle Barclay is currently Executive Co-Lead for Act on Alzheimer's and Dr. Terry Barclay is Co-Chair of their Quality Healthcare and Detection Leadership Group.
Wed. 3/16 Palliative Pupus

Please join us for Palliative Pupus in March.

Come hear this interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care and mingle with colleagues. This month, we will hear about one patient's predictions about his dying. 

Wed. March 16, 2016
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Calling in? Let Jeannette know so you can get you the bridge line.

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: 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.

Note: The May 18 Palliative Pupus will start at 5:30 PM, not at 5:15 PM, due to scheduling needs.

Thur. 3/31 Kokua Mau Meeting

We hope you can join us for our February Kokua Mau meeting.  This month's topic:  The Medical Use of Cannabis: The basics.   

Our presenter is Wendy Gibson, who is a trained cannabis nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation and a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

She is currently advocating for medical cannabis patients, working as a Field Organizer for the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii.     

She has over 30 years experience working in healthcare, working with a variety of patient populations in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and home care settings.

Thursday, March 31, 2016  
Conference Room 224 
Weinberg Building 
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i 
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu

We have set up a conference call for those who are unable to participate in person.  Conference Dial-in Number (712) 775-7100; Participant Access Code 1079885#

Parking is validated and click here for a map and further details.  Please RSVP to Jeannette so I can get a basic headcount and so you can get the slides ahead of time (but you can certainly come even if you didn't RSVP.)     
April 22 & 23 Oncology on Canvas 2016

Oncology on Canvas helps people living with cancer and those that love and care for them to cope with disease through art.  No previous art experience is needed, there are no age restrictions and everyone is welcome!!

Mark your calendars (more details will follow as April creeps up on us)

Friday, 22 April from 3-8 pm
Saturday, 23 April from 9 am - 4 pm
Tripler: 10th floor, Oceanside

Kapiolani:  Saturday, 23 April
Queens:  Saturday, 23 April
Kaiser:  No date confirmed yet.
Fri. 4/29 11th International Bioethics Conference

The conference "Dementia, A Population Health Challenge: Rising Rates, Emerging Ethics" features local and international speakers discussing not only the rising costs, but "The Frightening Economics of Dementia."  

Friday, April 29, 2016 at the
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m (all day conference)
Pomaika'i Ballrooms, Dole Cannery
Honolulu, Hawaii.  

Patient Autonomy and Advance Care Planning will be examined from an Australian perspective.  In addition, you will hear how Singaporeans address the use of restraints on dementia patients and mental capacity.  

A local geriatrician will share ways to increase the quality of life for dementia patients and their caregivers.

An expert panel will speak to the hard questions of an 80-year-old with severe dementia in need of a pacemaker and Hemodialysis.  From the Caregiver point of view, another group of panelists will tackle questions regarding a 45-year-old homeless veteran with dementia and a rich son, a loving mother, and a father with Alzheimer's disease.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions about each scenario.
Commission for Case Manager Certification ToolKit

The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) announced a new resource this week: a toolkit for case managers to help everyone-case managers and other health care workers, caregivers and patients themselves-learn to talk about end-of-life wishes and communicate them to loved ones and the health care community.

The End of Life Conversation Project Toolkit is a collection of resources from the Commission and from The Conversation Project.

The End of Life Conversation Project Toolkit is available at no cost via the Commission's online knowledge resource, the CCMC Case Management Body of Knowledge.

Join Kokua Mau or renew your membership for 2016

This is the time of the year when we ask you to join or renew your Kōkua Mau Membership. Membership is tax-deductible and your financial support helps us to maintain and expand our programs. This includes the e-newsletters, free materials for download (including POLST and the new Advance Directive), our well-visited website, various training opportunities, monthly meetings, Palliative Pupus, and our expanding Speakers Bureau.

2016 will certainly be busy as we look forward to more outreach activities with churches, temples and other community groups - let us know if you would like to schedule our Speakers Bureau to visit. We also look forward to ongoing education and networking opportunities for professionals, both those organized by Kokua Mau and those where we can collaborate with partners.

Membership and donations are an essential part of keeping Kōkua Mau fiscally sustainable.  Last year we had nearly 100 individuals who joined and details for membership are below.  We especially encourage organizational membership by community leaders that support our mission. Please contact Kokua Mau's Executive Director Jeannette Koijane for details.
How do I join? 2 easy ways
Download a membership form, include a check and and mail it to the Kokua Mau address on the form.  (Renewing members can just send in a check without the form.)

Online: Chose your membership level online or on the PDF file 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.

With all donations going into programs we don't offer you another tote bag, but we still do have the ever popular: low cost virtual Kōkua Mau mug.

In thanks for your membership: All members are honored on the Kōkua Mau website and on written materials that are displayed at events

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. (Kōkau Mau is 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 with free materials for the community
  • Monthly Kokua Mau meetings, which usually include a speaker, local updates and networking opportunities
  • Palliative Pupus - our cutting-edge, clinical case discussion
  • Coming soon: Key documents in 10 languages
For over 17 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.
Best wishes and please share your updates with us, 

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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