Did you have have any Summer visitors this year? We did! Jeannette Koijane, Exective Director of Kokua Mau and Kate DeBartolo, National Field Director for The Conversation Project, visited Hawaii Island this July.
We were able to have a Q&A talk with these visiting experts and attend a presentation for Hilo Medical Center (HMC) staff. At the HMC presentation we discovered potential avenues for getting more Advance Health Care Directives completed and on file at the hospital.
As we connected with these partner organizations we we able to get perspective on what we are doing well and how others are approaching "The Conversation" about advance care planning around the nation. What is encouraging is that our format, made for and by local folks, is working well. We hold a FREE 90 minute class. Two weeks later we offer a follow up where we can sign as witnesses and answer any questions that come up when filling out an Advance Health Care Directive. We've helped hundreds of residents complete their Advance Health Care Directives.
Kokua Mau (http://kokuamau.org/) is recognized as the state’s hospice and palliative care organization by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community-State Partnership grantees, and a state organization leader in integrating palliative care into organizational activities and purpose.
The Conversation Project began in 2010, when Ellen Goodman and a group of colleagues gathered to share stories of “good deaths” and “bad deaths” within their own circles. The Conversation Project is national organization dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
We are looking forward to continued strong relationships with our partners, and we are excited to be help more Hawaii Island residents complete these vital forms.