Analysis of Kokua Mau’s innovative and unique ambassador program

Kōkua Mau’s Let’s Talk Story Program a 2017 review

The Challenge:

Many are not comfortable initiating conversations about care for loved ones or themselves should there be a diagnosis with a serious illness. As a result, those important conversations are avoided with no clear resolution. It usually takes a health crisis to bring these issues to the forefront, but this creates tremendous undue stress on families. At a time when the focus should be on providing the best quality of life for those with a serious illness, attention is often diverted to resolving personal differences that can often splinter families.

The Solution:

Kōkua Mau believes that advance care planning conversations should occur as early as possible, so there can be clarity about our wishes and values as well as those of our loved ones. These wishes must be documented and communicated to family members and healthcare providers to minimize the collateral effects of an illness on a family and bring greater peace of mind for everyone involved.

Initiating conversations about advance care planning is a challenge for a number reasons. There are cultural barriers and attitudinal differences about illness and death. Kōkua Mau’s Let’s Talk Story was originally launched as a Speakers Bureau and has evolved into a more substantive ambassador program designed to break down those barriers.

If your group is interested in a free workshop on this important topic, book a Kokua Mau speaker online or call (808) 585-9977.