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. 




Now is a good time to start planning for National Healthcare Decisions Week April 16-22.  This is an excellent time to call attention to conversations and actually completing documents - especially appointing a healthcare power of attorney in an Advance Directive.  Let us know what you have planned and visit nhdd.org for ideas for your agency, facility or community group. 

And thank you to everyone who has joined or renewed your membership in Kokua Mau for 2017.  Your membership is crucial to keeping our programs going so thank you!  And if you haven't joined or renewed yet, there is still time!  You will see below that we now have an easy, fee-free option using PayPal Giving Fund. 
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Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention.

The Kupuna Education Center at Kapiolani Community College offers the following class for Seniors and individuals with compromised balance: Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention.

March 8 - May 5, 2017 (Wednesdays, Fridays)
7:45am-8:45am
Kapiolani Community College Chapel

The class will be taught by Jan Thurman, MPH, RKT.
She is a Board Certified TCAFP(Tai Chi for Health Institute) Instructor.

At present, the cost is FREE! However, you must register for Course No. ENR3089 - 001, and be determined to fully participate and practice the skills to see the full benefits. An initial assessment will be completed at the beginning and a final re-assessment will be completed to see the benefits.

To Register for Classes go to: http://ce.uhcc.hawaii.edu/

If you have problems with the registration process please do not hesitate to call The Kupuna Education Center at Kapiolani Community College at 734-9108.

Wed. 3/15 Palliative Pupus

Join us for Palliative Pupus on Wednesday March 15: Come participate in an interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care and mingle with colleagues.
 
Wed. March 15
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

If you are unable to attend and would like to call in, please contact us for details. We are so glad that our neighbor island colleagues can join us virtually!
Calling in?  Call to ask 808-691-5114 for the bridge line 1.

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.

Mon. 3/20 Death Cafe Honolulu

You are invited to attend the 9th Death Cafe Honolulu, a free event with (iced) tea, cake and conversation.

Monday, March 20th
6-8pm
Islands Hospice
1301 Young St., on the 2nd floor, in Honolulu
There is a lot below the building free for you to park in.

This event celebrates 2 years of bringing death positive conversations to the community!

The conversation is steered by the participants, and has previously touched on topics such as medical decision-making, coping with illness, teaching youth about volunteering in hospice, natural burial and so much more.

PLEASE RSVP. If you plan on attending, please arrive by 6pm. Late arrival disrupts the conversation, and makes it harder for you to participate. Please feel free to bring snacks, but please let the facilitator know so she can plan accordingly.

For more information on Death Cafe Honolulu, check out www.facebook.com/DeathCafeHonolulu
Thur. 3/30 Kokua Mau Meeting

Please join our monthly meeting on Thursday March 30, to learn, laugh, mingle and network.

Thur. March 30, 2017  
3pm-5pm
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. Please RSVP to Jeannette for a basic headcount.  (You can certainly come even if you didn't RSVP.)

NEW: 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#.

For people who cannot join us in person, please send Jeannette an email to get the handouts.  Hope to see you all there! 
 
Kauai 3/29 - Advance Care Planning (ACP) and POLST Facilitator Training

Communication Skills to Improve ACP and POLST Conversations. This course is offered for nurses, physicians, social workers and other clinicians and focuses on reviewing the processes related to creating advanced directives and key elements for in facility discussions for ACP and POLST development.

Course Objectives:
  • Identify barriers to ACP. Learn resources and tools needed to initiate ACP discussion with patient and practice communication skills
  • Convey the importance of completing an advance health care directive and naming a health care decision maker
  • Describe the purpose of POLST program. Review the 5 different sections in the POLST. Identify skills in assist in making end-of-life treatment decisions to include CPR, DNAR, full and limited treatment, time-limited trials and comfort care
  • Demonstrate POLST type conversations in role-play exercises
  • Discuss the implementation of ACP for hospital and community. Identify ways to standardize and measure ACP documentation in the EMR
March 29, 2017
08:00-16:30
Wilcox Memorial Hospital, Kaua'i
3-3420 Kuhio Hwy Conference Room B & C Wednesday,

HPH employees:  Manager's approval is required prior to registering AND register online through HPH Learning Center (HLC). Type in catalog: ACP or POLST ; Select course: HPH - POLST Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification 2017

Non HPH participants:  Register via email:michelle.cantillo@hawaiipacifichealth.org
For further information contact: Dr Amy Corliss at 245-1277; Ann Croydon, Social Worker at 245-1268 or Michelle Cantillo, RN, HPH ACP Coordinator at 808-535-7874

For Physicians they are offering Continuing Medical Education Hawai'i Pacific Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

For Nurses we they offering ANCC Contact Hours. Hawai'i Pacific Health designates this live activity for 7.5 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

FREE Advance Care Planning Events

Advance Care Planning is the process of thinking about, talking about, writing down and sharing your own health care wishes. It is the greatest gift we  can give to our loved ones. Please bring your family and loved ones with you to discuss these important topics together.
  • Have you completed your advance directives?
  • Who is your health care power of attorney?
  • What is Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
Speakers: Dawn Minaai, MD, and fellow guest speakers

Mar. 31 (Fri), 2017,   8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Jun. 23 (Fri), 2017,  8:30 to 11:00 a.m.:
First Insurance Center
1100 Ward Ave.,  9th Floor, Room 980
Validated Parking: 1100 Ward Ave.,  Honolulu, HI 96814

Refreshments will be provided. Attendees and their health care power of attorney or loved one are encouraged to participate. Seating is limited. Call 808-532-6380 or email kerry.kam@straub.net to register today.

A notary will be available to those who want to complete their Advance Health Care Directive after the class. This event is sponsored by Straub Medical Center

Visit  kokuamau.org to obtain and review a copy of the Hawai'i Advance Health Care Directive prior  to attending the event.
 
Additional Webinars focusing on Hospice and Home Care

Kōkua Mau partners with the Essential Education Webinar Network to offer you these high quality webinars focusing on Hospice and Home Care.  They have just added three new webinars to the 2017 Hospice & Home Care lineup with Gloria Turner, Turner Healthcare Consulting. (Register using the link above.)
  • 7/11/2017 Project Management for Starting a Palliative Care Program
  • 9/21/2017 Serving the Under-Served in Your Community
  • 12/7/2017 Honoring Veteran Program Partnerships
4/17 Sixty Five Shades of Grey: Controversies in Geriatric Care

With the rapidly aging population and increasing life expectancy of the average older adult, we as a medical profession are facing new problems and challenges in caring for the geriatric patient. This Queens Medical Center conference will explore how to tackle these "gray" areas in geriatric medicine while still providing the best care for Hawai'i's kupuna.

Friday, April 14, 2017
8:30am to 4:00PM
Halekulani Ballrooms
Honolulu, Waikiki

CE Credits
  • Physicians - Approved for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • Nursing - Approved for 7.0 nursing contact hours
  • Others - A certificate of attendance will be provided
For More Info & To Register: Office of CME - (808) 691-4406 or cme@queens.org
Renew your 2017 Membership or Join Kōkua Mau now!

Now is a good time to put an easy New Year's resolution into practice (and get one thing accomplished already in the first weeks): join us or renew your Kōkua Mau membership for 2017 now. Your financial support is very important.

We've found a simple, fee-free way for you to pay your Kōkua Mau membership electronically with just 3 quick clicks: PayPal Giving Fund.

If you have a PayPal account, you can donate to Kōkua Mau through the PayPal Giving Fund and 100% of your donation goes to Kōkua Mau. Please use this link to make your donation. The PayPal Giving Fund has a set template and you may have to enter the membership level you want to join manually. The rest is 3 easy clicks and you are done. An email confirming your donation should follow shortly thereafter. (If you do not have a PayPal account you cannot use this fee-free service.)

Please note: This is not the same as using a PayPal account with a "donate' button on a website.  Once you enter your account via the PayPal Giving Fund there is no fee, even if you pay with the credit card on file liked to your PayPal account. Only donations through the PayPal Giving Fund link are transaction fee free. Please send us your feedback about your experience with this free service.

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.

Making a tax-deductible donation is easy. You have 3 options:
  1. Go online and donate with a credit card
     
  2. If you have a PayPal Account use the PayPal Giving Fund and 100% of your 3 click donation comes to us fee free.
     
  3. A check in the good ol' US postal mail is still the best way to have no fees on either end (and you may use you canceled check for the IRS)
    3 steps:
      1. Write a check payable to 'Kōkua Mau' and put 'membership' in the memo field
      2. Get an envelope and address it to:
        Kōkua Mau
        PO Box 62155
        Honolulu HI 96839
      3. Stick on a stamp and put in the mailbox
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. (We are not a state agency or state funded!)

Your generous tax-deductible membership gift will allow us to have a real impact on improving quality of life for those with serious illness and their loved ones. (And yes, due to the beauty of the web the virtual mug is still available for the taking)

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.

We ask for your financial support and invite you to get involved.

Thank you for your support for Kōkua Mau!

 
Aloha United Way Campaign & Kokua Mau

It is that time of the year: The Aloha United Way Campaign started, which supports important organizations in our community. 

For the second year we are honored to be part of it.  You can make a contribution specifically to Kōkua Mau by using our designation number 80410 on the Donor Designation Form (or the 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 wonderful opportunity to support Kōkua Mau.

Please share your updates with us, 


Jeannette Koijane, MPH
Executive Director
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