Kokua Mau Monthly Meeting July 2013

Please note these changes in time and date to accommodate the visiting guest speakers:
  • The June 27, 2013 Meeting is from 4 pm to 6 pm (not 3 to 5)
  • The July meeting is on Wed. July 24 (not the usual Thur)

July 24, 2013 – Next Month: Please note the 7/24 Meeting will be on Wednesday instead of Thursday from 3-5pm.

Please join us Wed. July 24 for our next Kokua Mau meeting when our special guest will be Lani Maxera, POLST Coordinator for California.  Lani has agreed to come and speak with us during her vacation and will be presenting about how their state engages on POLST.  They have 27 regional POLST committees, a physician champion group and education around the state.  Lani is also interested in how we are using POLST and looks forward to talking with us.  Hope you can join us.

Please let Jeannette know if you have updates or would like to be added to the agenda.

Please join us for our Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting on the last Thursday of the month from 3 PM to 5 PM.

Each month we have updates about events in the community and one or more guest speakers.

Meetings are open to all.

The meetings are held in the Conference Room 224 of the Weinberg Building at St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, 2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu.

Parking is validated. Map at bottom of page.

To check this month’s topic of the Monthly Meeting please check our eNewsletter or calendar.

The Weinberg Building is at the Diamond Head side of the campus, the one facing Liliha Street. Please allow some time to navigate the parking structure.

In the past decade Kōkua Mau monthly meeting were held at Hospice Hawaii. Since early 2011 we have moved to a bigger venue to accommodate more people.

May 30, 2013 Agenda:

Our guest presenter will be Tracy Wiltgen from the Kupuna Pono Program. Kupuna Pono is a program designed to help families talk about difficult issues and develop plans to support elderly family members.   This is a program of the Mediation Program of the Pacific.   You can read more about her project at http://www.mediatehawaii.org/kupuna-pono/.

Examples of past agendas:

February 28, 2013:

This month we will be having Joan Foley present about a new project she is working on called “Share the Care”  which helps people to stay at home if they want to by providing support to their caregivers.  The project works with family, loved ones and community members to set up a “caring circle” around them.  This is for people in hospice care as well as those who are not yet hospice eligible.  Joan will show a short 10 minute DVD as well.

Ho’okele has asked to reschedule their presentation for later in the year so we are very happy Joan can jump in to present on Thursday.

We will also have updates from Anna Loengard on the C-TAC (Coalition to Transform Advanced Care) meeting she recently attended, the HMSA Supportive Care program and progress on the ACP Decisions videos and their rollout in Hawaii.  We will also be discussing the new AAHPM Choosing Wisely guidelines. AAHPM’s list provides targeted, evidence-based recommendations intended to help promote conversations between physicians and patients about utilizing the most appropriate treatments and avoiding care that may provide no benefit.

Agenda for Jan. 31 2013 – Guest speakers Dr. Emese Somogyi, Castle Medical Center’s Palliative Care program and Dr. Craig Nakatsuka, Kaiser’s Experiences with the ACP Decisions Videos.

Agenda from Dec 6, 2012

People from different sectors to presented about POLST as we strategized about educational and other activities. More details in the Kokua Mau eNewsletter.

Confirmed presenters:

  • Ken Zeri, National POLST Task Force
  • Daniel Fischberg, Experiences at Queens, including POLST in the EMR.
  • Tammy Tamashiro, Pacific Health’s Community Education efforts.
  • Danny Kao, EMS

 Agenda for October 25, 2012

At the next Kōkua Mau meeting, we will be discussing the upcoming presentation by Dr. Angelo Volandes as well as updates of activities.

Additionally we will have a special guest presenting:
Rev. John Lunn, RN is a visiting consultant in palliative care in India and Africa. He spent nearly 7 years in India and 3 years in Liberia. His new assignment will be in Tanzania.

Before he embarks on his new journey, from the 1st week of Octoberhe he will spend three months in Honolulu.

PREVIEW: Please note: There will be no meeting on November 29

The last Kōkua Mau meeting of the year 2012 will be held on Dec. 6.

We will be discussing POLST and asking people to share their experiences on its implementation.  We will be asking people from different sectors to present as well as strategize about educational and other activities.  More details to follow.  Agenda for Sept. 27, 2012

In the next meeting the Pain and Palliative Care Program team from Queen’s Medical Center will be presenting about their different programs and initiatives to improve care in their facility. We will also be discussing how POLST is being integrated in EMR systems (PDF or not) and the importance of advance directives in light of the high profile case in the media.

Agenda for the Thur. June 28, 2012 Meeting:

Come and join us at the next Kokua Mau meeting. Kokua Mau member and local author Lani Leary, PhD will be presenting about her work at our next meeting.  She will share with us her recently published book: No One Has To Die Alone – Preparing for a Meaningful Death. Lani is a psychotherapist and professor of death studies. She has written an extraordinarily clear-eyed and helpful guide for those who must care for a dying loved one, an almost unavoidable and challenging situation. Come and learn more.  All are welcome.

Agenda for the May 31, 2012 Meeting:

Deborah J. Whisnand, Executive Director of Pacific Health Ministry will present at this month’s meeting.

Welcome Pacific Health Ministry our newest Kokua Mau Member! Pacific Health Ministry is a spiritual service agency founded in 1986 by the religious and health care communities to provide spiritual care and education in health care institutions and the general community.  PHM utilizes the unique multi-cultural content of Hawaii as a means of understanding ministry.  PHM provides the spiritual care services and Professional Chaplains at twelve of Hawaii’s major residential and health care institutions.  As the only organization in Hawaii accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, PHM trains clergy and qualified laypersons.  Clinical Pastoral Education teaches Ministry Formation, Spiritual Care, Crisis Counseling and Institutional Ministry Practice for persons pursuing certification as Professional Chaplains.

An example from our January 2012 Monthly meeting:

  • John Grant from the Executive Office on Aging presented about the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) including the program to reduce hospital readmissions.
  • Elizabeth Bethea, County Executive on Aging, Elderly Affairs Division, joined us as well to talk about her experiences with this program.  This is a new resource that will hopefully be of benefit to those you care for.
  • Anna Loengard presented about developing a business model for integrating palliative care through/across systems which is relevant as St. Francis expands their service this year. This is in preparation for a national presentation she will be making.


Kokua Mau Monthly meeting at St. Francis