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. 
POLST Update and New Resources


Join us for Oncology on Canvas at 4 locations around town.  And please bring all your POLST questions to our own Kokua Mau meeting April 28 - This is a great time to ask the experts!  Hope to see you there.

We have also included some new resources that we hope are useful and upcoming events.  
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
Kimberly Aken, 432-7277

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. Our panelists are: 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.
 Looking for a Vietnamese speaker

We are still looking for a Vietnamese speaker who could review our  written translated materials and make sure they work for our Vietnamese speaking community in Hawaii. If you know of somebody who would be willing to spend 1-2 hours to help the Vietnamese community,  please email us.

6/24-26 Family Camp 2016

Each year Hospice Hawaii hosts a family camp for children and teens (ages 7-17) and their family members who have lost a loved one through death.  The theme for this year's camp is "The Rhythms of Life."

June 24-26
Queen Liliu'okalani Children's Center
53-516 Kamehameha Hwy
Hau'ula, Oahu

Campers participate in various arts and crafts, and outdoor activities.  At camp there is an emphasis on healing and remembrance, and the opportunity to connect with others who are grieving. For more information and to sign up, please visit their website or call the Bereavement Counselor at 808-791-8093; or email Camp costs $50 per family.

Resource: Conversation Stopper?

Conversation Stopper: What's Preventing Physicians from Talking with Patients About End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning?

Findings of a national poll exploring the views of primary care and specialist physicians about end-of-life and advance care planning conversations with patients was presented by The John A. Hartford Foundation with the California Health Care Foundation and Cambia Foundation.

In "Conversation Stopper," virtually all physicians surveyed agree that talking with patients about end-of-life and advance care planning is important, and they overwhelmingly support a new Medicare benefit that reimburses them for having those discussions.

The survey identified barriers that keep physicians from engaging in these sensitive conversations, with nearly half (46 percent) reporting that they frequently or sometimes feel unsure of what to say, and less than one-third (29 percent) reporting having had any formal training specifically on talking with patients and their families about end-of-life care. (Webinar slides in the middle of the page)
Play the "Go Wish" game online

Looking for a way to get the conversation going, now you can use the Go Wish cards for free on line.  This interactive "game" allows you to talk about the importance of different issues as you discuss care at the end of life.  Or you can order and buy the cards directly.  You can also order the bi-lingual Chinese-English 'Heart to Heart' cards based on the Go Wish cards!

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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