Webinars COVID-19

We list upcoming webinars here. Selected recorded webinars are listed when available.

Our main COVID-19 page – regularly updated


A lei from Honolulu's Lei Day

April 30, 2020, NPR, Morning Edition: Coronavirus Disrupts Hard Decisions About End-Of-Life Treatment. The coronavirus means more people are dying alone in ICUs. Families are having to make abrupt decisions at a distance about terminal care. Palliative care specialists try to adapt. Listen to the 4 minute NPR program.

Upcoming Webinars:


1/14 2021 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy (Virtual) Conference

January 14, 2021
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM HST

Like many things in Hawaii, health care is different from the mainland. The 2021 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference will foster a dialog about the opportunities and challenges facing health care in one of the nation’s most unique regions at a time of increasing change. This conference will bring together industry experts and policymakers from across the state.

State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders, and policymakers – each working to improve our health care system in their own way – into a unified conversation in a single place. It is sure to be one of the most diverse gatherings of senior health care leaders in Hawaii, and one of the most important statewide events in Hawaii health care.

Join their virtual conference and engage in an ongoing discussion around some of most important health care activity taking place today.
Join their virtual conference and engage in an ongoing discussion around some of most important health care activity taking place today.
There is a 20% discount for Kōkua Mau members registering with this link.


Wed 1/20 Virtual Palliative Pupus

Wed. January 20, 2021
5:15 to 7:00 PM

Virtual Palliative Pupus: Topic will be announced in the next newsletter.
Palliative Pupus is our exciting local networking and clinical education opportunity. Participate in an interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care. If you are involved with palliative care cases or want to know more about what palliative care is, you are invited. Please tell your colleagues and friends.

   •   Register in advance for Palliative Pupus on zoom

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the zoom meeting.


1/20 & 2/3 Webinar: Working Together to Empower and Protect Persons Living with Dementia

Catholic Charities Hawaii Circle of Care for Dementia is pleased to announce a new Zoom workshop series: Working Together to Empower and Protect Persons Living with Dementia

Wed Jan 20 PART 1
10-11:30am

Using Decision Supports to Engage and Empower Persons Living with Dementia

Overview of Dementia and its Causes; the Importance of an Early and Accurate Diagnosis; Protecting the Rights of a Person with Dementia; Supported Decision-Making; Balancing Empowerment and the Progressive Nature of Dementia

Wed Feb 3 PART 2
10-11:30am

Adult Abuse: Risks for Persons Living with Dementia

COVID-19 and Abuse; Types of Abuse (financial abuse and exploitation, emotional/psychological, neglect/self-neglect, sexual, warning signs); Adult Protective Services; Elder Justice Act; Resources and Training; Hawaii laws, statutes and definitions.

National legal expert, David Godfrey, J.D., a Senior Attorney with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, Washington D.C., will be presenting a 2-part webinar series for Hawaii to address important legal and ethical issues of concern for persons living with dementia. This will be beneficial for anyone providing social, legal or healthcare services for older people, or anyone concerned about planning or caring for someone at risk for or with cognitive impairment. (Please see flyer for more details)

Please register for one or both sessions at this Eventbrite link

For questions or help with registering, contact Jody Mishan: (808) 295-2624 or at jmishan@hawaii.rr.com


1/28 Kōkua Mau Virtual Meetings

Thur January 28, 2021 – Kōkua Mau Virtual Monthly Meeting
3-5 PM

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuduiuqzwrGtBsalN5ZpuLif0qgOz75YFJ


2/7 Having the Conversation— What Are Their Wishes? What Are Yours

Like a Sukkah sheltering the People of Israel in uncertain times, the Chevra Kadisha enfolds our island Jewish community. Come explore and learn with us how the Chevra Kadisha supports the Jewish community, including rituals that guide us through the most challenging times, offering a pathway for embracing life fully, a companion through the process of integrating life’s inevitable losses, and doing it as one community together.

Sunday, February 7, 2021
3:00PM

Facilitators: Hope Young, Advance Care Planning Coordinator for Kōkua Mau, Sheri Richard, and Rabbi Rob Kvidt

Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive an email with information about the meeting.


2/8 Grand Rounds

The Department of Geriatric Medicine at JABSOM invites you to virtual Grand Rounds every second Monday of each month.

Leading a Family Meeting” by Shunichi Nakagawa, MD

Mon Feb 8, 2021
12:30 PM (HST)

To sign up for this and future Grand Rounds. Registration is required. A zoom link will be sent to you upon registration.


CAPC: Ongoing—Free Virtual Office Hours on Communications Coaching and more

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) continues to offer office hours during the COVID-19 pandemic. Free and open to all, many are focused on communications coaching, examining real case scenarios. Others deal with a broad range of topics such as resiliency, pediatric palliative care, telehealth, and moral distress in the time of COVID-19. Learn more and register.

Health care workers in all disciplines are facing unprecedented challenges as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has open tools and technical assistance with practical strategies for resiliency during COVID-19. Register now for upcoming and on-demand webinars.

  • On-Demand Webinar –  Staying Resilient as the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues (free streaming online)
  • Master Class Series: To learn more about resiliency, visit CAPC’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Resources Hub. All resources in this mobile-friendly hub are free and open-to-all during the pandemic.

Recorded Webinars – most recent first

1/8 Webinar: Medicare Advantage & Advance Care Planning: Engaging Providers, Members, and Plan Leaders for Success and Impact

In this 75-minute webinar, leaders from CMMI and two innovative VBID-participating integrated delivery systems will discuss the value of high-quality ACP/WHP and highlight strategies that have successfully engaged members and networked clinicians. The webinar will focus on actionable steps plans can take to accelerate progress on their own ACP programs. Registration details


1/6/2021 Vivek Murthy, co-chair of President-Elect Biden’s Covid task force and former and (hopefully) future Surgeon General of the United States.

Together in CrisisHow human connection can help us navigate the pandemic and improve a sometimes lonely world.

Better Tomorrow UH Speaker Series. Read more about the speaker and and register for the (virtual) Hawaii event here


1/12/2020 World AIDS Day

The recorded World AIDS Day event on December 1st, organized by the Hawaii World AIDS Day Planning Committee and hosted by Church of the Crossroad is available their website.

The National AIDS Memorial in San Francisco presented an excellent 3-hour-plus ‘National Conversation’ featuring scientists, activists, and political leaders. The recording is available at www.aidsmemorial.org/wad2020. The conversation with Dr. Fauci and Dr. Ho begins at about the 2 hr 40 min mark. For those of us who went through the HIV/AIDS pandemic of the eighties, it draws chilling and fascinating parallels to the current COVID-19 pandemic that are very well worth watching.


11/10 Advance Care Planning and Dementia

A special new session had been added to zoom workshops series for caregivers of persons living with memory loss. Presenters: Hope Young, Kōkua Mau; and, Dorothy Colby, Hale Kuike. Recordings of all Webinars


11/9 Delivering Bad News with Shunichi Nakagawa, MD

  • Define what bad news is
  • Explain SPIKES protocol for breaking bad news
  • Explain the importance of addressing emotions in breaking bad news

Intended Audiences: Physicians, nurses, and other allied health staff who provide care for geriatric patients. To sign up for this and future Grand Rounds, registration is required. For recording see their website.


Thur 11/5 Session 5: Providing Care In the Final Stages of Dementia

SESSION 5: End of Life Care & Letting Go: Providing Care In the Final Stages of Dementia


Advance Care Planning: Challenges and Opportunities: Second Webinar

The NASEM Health and Medicine webinar on Advance Care Planning: Challenges and Opportunities: Second Webinar. Meeting materials and a recording of the webinar


10/21 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders Caring for Kupuna in the COVID-19 Challenge

COVID-19 Webinars offered by JABSOM Geriatric Medicine

Kuni Kekoaoha, Poki‘i Balaz, J. Kaholokula

The series COVID-19 Webinars offered by JABSOM Geriatric Medicine (2:00 – 3:00pm) is organized by Dr. Aida Wen and the Geriatrics Department at JABSOM and CEUs are available. More information (click on ‘Upcoming sessions‘ for details) and registration page


10/15 Delivering Bad News with Dr. Rae Seitz

The University of Hawaii Pacific Cancer Project ECHO Session: Delivering Bad News by Dr. Rae Seitz. Kōkua Mau’s own Dr. Rae Seitz specializes in palliative care and hospice medicine. She was instrumental in designing, developing, implementing, and growing home-based palliative care programs in Hawaii and was a founding board member of Kōkua Mau, A Movement to Improve Care. Dr. Seitz has a special interest in the care of seriously, chronically, and terminally ill patients.


10/14 POLST Registry: Project Status, Update, and Future

Learn about California’s efforts to chart a path for greater access to electronic exchange of POLST.

Join them for this free webinar as they take a look at the most recent POLST registry efforts led by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), with funding provided by California Health Care Foundation (CHCF).


CAPC Resilience Sessions

Health care workers in all disciplines are facing unprecedented challenges as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has open tools and technical assistance with practical strategies for resiliency during COVID-19. Register now for upcoming and on-demand webinars.

10/12 Practical Approaches to Providing Emotional PPE: Ideas from a Chief Wellness Officer.

  • On-Demand Webinar –  Staying Resilient as the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues (free streaming online)
  • Master Class Series: To learn more about resiliency, visit CAPC’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Resources Hub. All resources in this mobile-friendly hub are free and open-to-all during the pandemic.

10/8 Effective Communication with Staff & Families

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii has partnered with JABSOM’s Department of Geriatric Medicine and Mountain Pacific Quality Health to offer a webinar series for employees of long-term and post-acute care.

It is called The ECHO Learning Action Network (LAN) for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care. ECHO recordings.

It is free, and physician and nursing contact hours are available. Social work contact hours are available for select sessions, including this first webinar, “Effective Communication with Staff & Families.” with Tracy Wiltgen, Mediation Center of the Pacific.


9/24 – Help with stress and and anxiety in COVID-19 times – Thought Field Therapy (TFT)

Our virtual Kōkua Mau Meeting, with hands-on (zoom) presentation about TFT or Thought Field Therapy featured Dr. Caroline Sakai. Watch the recording. Are you looking for innovative ways to address and deal with stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic? More.


Thur 9/24 How to Communicate to Improve Advance Care Planning: Putting Research Into Practice – Webinar

Compassionate care starts with a conversation. With support from the Person-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as part of their Eugene Washington Engagement Award for Capacity Building grant, C-TAC is convening this Virtual Forum in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic to highlight the findings of three pioneering research studies on communication, advance care planning, and decision-making. These three studies are led by distinguished PCORI-funded academic investigators.

This Forum puts person-centered, actionable PCORI studies in the hands of implementers – health system leaders, individual providers, payers, community and state coalitions, and advocacy groups – who can use the research findings to improve the delivery of care for patients living with advanced illness. More


9/14 Provider becomes Patient becomes Provider

Presenter: Lucio Pascua, MD, Pediatric Specialist, Wahiawa Health Center. For a recording go to: https://geriatrics.jabsom.hawaii.edu/grand-rounds/


8/27 Funerals & Memorials are very different these days. What are new ways to grieve, mourn, comfort and honor?

How are we supporting people in our community whose loved ones have died but are not able to go to funerals or memorials in a usual way because of the pandemic? Watch our (Virtual) Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting from August 27, 2020.

In Hawai‘i, about 1,000 people die a month so nearly 6,000 people have died since gathering restrictions began impacting 10s of 1000s of people have not been able to grieve, mourn and comfort each other. 

Learn about what is happening in our community and strategize about solutions. Click on the time code to jump to a specific presentation on our YouTube channel.

  1. 0:03 Context and introductions
    by Jeannette Koijane, Executive Director, Kōkua Mau
  2. 03:15 Military rituals in the time of COVID by Patricia W. Nishimoto, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tripler Army Medical Center
  3. 12:01 What resources are available? Support groups and extra support in the time of COVID? by Valerie Payton MA, LCSW, Bereavement Social Worker, Home Hospice, St. Francis Community Health Services
  4. 35:39 What are mortuaries seeing in these times when no one can come together – by Pete Dilwith, Pete Dilwith, CFSP, CPC, CCO, VP of Operations, Mililani Memorial Park & Mortuary.
  5. 54:42 Clarence Liu, Retired chaplain (navian), local boy

8/19 COVID-19 Webinars offered by JABSOM Geriatric Medicine

Hospice Care in the Time of COVID with Ritchell Dignam, MD

  • PPE protocols.
  • Challenges with caregiver COVID status and patient status.
  • Challenges of recognizing COVID sx vs. underlying hospice dx symptoms.
  • Challenges of symptom management – and the use of the Community Paramedicine program as an integral part of the strategy for symptom management., including training in use of comfort packets, etc.
  • Lessons learned about Hospice Care in the Time of COVID from New York.

The series COVID-19 Webinars offered by JABSOM Geriatric Medicine (2:00 – 3:00pm) is organized by Dr. Aida Wen and the Geriatrics Department at JABSOM and CEUs are available. More information (click on ‘Upcoming sessions‘ for details) and registration page


8/10 Trial Drugs for COVID-19: Perspective from the Queen’s COVID Unit

Stephanie Guo, MD will presented at the Grand Rounds of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at JABSOM. Recordings on their website

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the historical and clinical basis for drugs selected for study for COVID-19
  2. Review preliminary data from major ongoing clinical trials
  3. Hear about clinical trials available at Queen’s and the team’s experience

They will be offering CMEs for this presentation upon completion of an evaluation. Evaluations can be found on their website


7/29 Managing Ongoing Surges: Lessons from the Front Line

The twelfth COVID-19 Conversations webinar will discuss what best practices and lessons learned from the early months of COVID-19 can be gathered and applied to states and localities now combating surges, from both a health system and public health perspective. The “COVID-19 Conversations” series of rapid-response webinars from the National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association is addressing the state of the science on COVID-19 and explore emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact.


7/22 Coping with Grief and Compassion Fatigue Webinar

Islands Hospice invites you to this free educational Webinar for healthcare workers and caregivers. Recording information pending.


7/15 HCCIntelligence™ Webinar: Intersection of Faith and Community Organizing in Advanced Illness Care During COVID-19

A collaboration between C-TAC and the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI). During this webinar, experts will discuss the role of faith leaders in supporting those in their communities affected by serious illness. Speakers will also explore how faith leaders can engage with parishioners affected by serious illness. Webinar information here.


7/13 Pain Management Near the End of Life – Grand Rounds Webinar

With Kōkua Mau’s own Daniel Fischberg, MD, PhD, FAAHPM will present at the Grand Rounds of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at JABSOM.

Recorded Webinars here and find the zoom details. CMEs offered for this presentation upon completion of an evaluation. Evaluations can be found on their website

7/7 Advanced Care Planning in Times of COVID

Behavioral Health TeleECHO Clinic presents: Advanced Care Planning in Times of COVID. Presenter: Hope Young, Advance Care Planning Coordinator and Jeannette Koijane, Executive Director, Kōkua Mau

ECHO sessions are recorded. We will add the link here once it becomes available.


6/24 Disparities in Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

C-TAC’s upcoming Policy Forum will feature an expert panel session addressing the disparities in care that minority and underserved communities are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial security, reliable transportation and other social determinants of health shape a person’s quality of life. These factors are especially important for those living with serious illness. Register and details


6/17 Supporting Family Caregivers in Faith-Based Communities

Webinar, organized by C-TAC, AARP and the American Muslim Senior Society, featuring experts who will discuss the challenges of caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will also shed light on community-level efforts from faith organizations to connect family caregivers with helpful tools and guidance. Register and more information.


5/27 Therapeutic Response to Trauma and Loss in the COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar by the Hospice Foundation of America will identify the issues of trauma and loss that visit us in today’s pandemic, explore how they influence each other, survey the short- and long-term challenges that are created, and delineate effective strategies for coping with the unique issues posed by COVID-19 trauma and loss. The focus will be on one’s work as a professional, as well as on personal self-care. 1.5 Complimentary CEs Available. Register here


5/14 COVID Conversations: CCCC Decision Aids, Ventilators, CPR, Transfers, and Comfort Care Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people consider treatment options in many ways. CCCCs (Coalition for Compassionate Care of California) decision aids for CPR and Ventilator help explain these complex, invasive, yet potentially life-sustaining treatments with evidence-based information using consumer-friendly language. Presented by: Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, Author & Practicing Physician, Alameda Health System, and Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, Medical Director, Hospice by the Sea. Recorded Webinar (available 30 days)


COVID-19 Webinars offered by JABSOM Geriatric Medicine from 2:00 – 2:30pm.

For a full list of all their Recorded Webinars: click on ‘Recorded Training Sessions‘.

Examples of session in May and June 2020
6/10 COVID Testing and Surveillance Updates
6/3 COVID Tracking Logs and Checklists
5/27 COVID Challenges and Opportunities in Assisted Living
5/20 NHSN COVID-19 Reporting Updates
5/18, 2020 – Helping Dementia Residents through COVID Challenges.

5/4 Dr. Takeshi Uemura and his colleague Dr. Eric Chyn will be talking about COVID symptom management. Dr. Chyn is currently in Yakima Washington, overseeing the care of 150 COVID-19 patients in 9 facilities. We heard him speak on 4/29, and he has front line experience of caring for patients, supporting families, etc.


4/29 Disenfranchised Grief and COVID-19

By the Hospice Foundation of America. Disenfranchised grief refers to losses that are not publicly acknowledged, socially supported, and openly mourned. In the COVID-19 pandemic such losses are myriad – complicating grief. 1.5 complimentary CE credit hours available for one year following the live program. More details.


4/29 Essential Conversations: Planning for Care and Serious Illness During the COVID Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many of us to think about the kind of care we would want if we became seriously ill. Do you have questions or want to talk to loved ones about care preferences?

The call, geared to patients and the general public, will feature panelists Judy Thomas, JD, CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and Steve Pantilat, MD, Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care, UC San Francisco Department of Medicine for a discussion about how to plan for care during COVID-19.  


4/27 COVID-19 Discussion on Effective Virtual Visits

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), in collaboration with the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) is hosting the webinar. CE/CME credit will be available for nurses and physicians. Register.

4/22 COVID Conversations: Team Approach to Assisting Patients with Advance Care Planning. Recorded webinar

Presented by: Seiko Izumi, PhD, RN, FPCN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Sciences University. . Learn various situations where advance care planning conversations are critical in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Izumi will also discuss how the healthcare team works together to assist patients and their families with advance care planning and goal-concordant care.

4/15 COVID Conversations: Difficult Conversations in the Time of COVID-19

Recorded Webinar. Presented by: Robert Arnold, MD, Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Learn how to talk to patients about advance care planning in the era of COVID-19, including addressing goals of care and attending to the emotions associated with the pandemic. In addition to his work at the University of Pittsburg, Dr. Arnold is one of the founders of VitalTalk, which teaches clinicians how to be better, more compassionate communicators with seriously ill patients and their families.

4/15 HCCIntelligence™ COVID-19 Update. recorded webinar. Presented by HCCI in collaboration with the American Academy of Home Care Medicine.

4/8 COVID Conversations: Medical Decision Making in the Face of Serious Illness. Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) CEO, Judy Thomas, partnering with Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD, HMDC, Medical Director, Hospice by the Sea, Solana Beach. Recording pending.

4/3 Making Funerals Meaningful in the Age of COVID-19 by the Hospice Foundation of America. Recorded webinar

3/31 Briefing: Serious Illness, Palliative Care, and the Impact of COVID-19 by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). Recorded webinar. CAPC provided an update to their previous briefing on what they are seeing, hearing, and learning about the impact of COVID-19 on patients with serious illness (in New York). They also describe the tools, skills, and training health systems should deploy immediately to ensure appropriate symptom management and patient communication in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3/26 How to Develop and Manage Virtual Grief Support Groups by the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA). Recorded webinar
Grief support groups around the country have had to cancel their in person support groups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These sudden and unpredictable changes in our daily lives have caused havoc everywhere. As we know, when someone is grieving, they are especially isolated.

3/26 The Impact of COVID-19 on Home-Based Primary Care Providers, Practices, and Patients – one-hour webinar by the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI). Recorded webinar.

3/25 NHPCO COVID-19 Executive Dialogue by NHPCO.
Registration details. The recorded program might be available according to NHPCO.

3/25 Hospice and End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes During COVID-19 by the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA). Recorded webinar

3/21/ Telechaplaincy Recorded webinar
The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab is joined by a team of chaplains and researchers to discuss practical tips for implementing telechaplaincy, as well as what growing research says about this significant method of spiritual care.

3/18 Palliative Care and the Impact of COVID-19. Recorded webinar from CAPC with Dr. Diane Meier and Dr. Sean Morrison.


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