Today is a good day to renew your membership or join Kokua Mau as an individual member.  Details below and thank you for your support. 
April 16 National Healthcare Decisions Day


April 16 in National Health Care Decisions Day. We have listed resources you may use to make this day a success.  Join us for a POLST update at our own Kokua Mau meeting April 28. Hope to see you there.
April 16: National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is an annual event that serves to remind all of us to prioritize our healthcare decisions for the sake of ourselves and the ones we love. It takes place on April 16th.

Here are some ideas to help inspire you! 
  • Watch the 3-minute video about NHDD available both in English and in Spanish.
  • Check out NHDD on social media (links at the bottom of the page.)
  • Watch the documentary Being Mortal. Think you are not prepared to give a presentation or lead a discussion? You don't have to. Watch this free 1-hour video online with your friends and colleagues. The discussion will come naturally.
  • Visit for plenty of other ideas!
  • Death over dinner has a special page dedicated to NHDD
April 22, 23 and May 7: 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:

Friday, 22 April from 3-8 pm
Saturday, 23 April from 9 am - 4 pm
Tripler Army Medical Center: 10th floor, Oceanside
Art supplies, food and drinks provided.

Please make sure you have a valid drivers license and a current car registration and insurance card to enter the base at Tripler. After passing the guard post drive all the way up the hill and park in the big parking lot next to Tripler.

Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children
Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Conference Room C
2nd Floor - Enter through Cafeteria
Refreshments will be served. RSVP: Joyce at 983-8333 or Brenda at 983-6130

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Saturday May 7, 2016
Time: 9am-3pm
Mapunapuna Medical Offices
Maile Conf. Room
2828 Paa Street, Honolulu

Queens Medical Center 
Saturday, 23 April
9 am to 3 PM
Queen Emma Tower
Canvas, art supplies and snacks provided
Call now - Space is limited. For reservations contact Darlene Sardinha at 691-8984

Thur. 4/28 Kokua Mau Meeting

This month's topic:will be a panel discussion on POLST.  It has been 6 years since POLST was implemented and this will be chance to get updates and ask questions. Dr. Daniel Fischberg, Queens Medical Center, Dr. Libby Char, Emergency Room Physician & EMS liaison, Ken Zeri, Hospice Hawaii.   
Thursday, April 28, 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 for a basic headcount (but you can certainly come even if you didn't RSVP.)     
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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