APHA Annual Meeting @ San Diego Convention Center
Nov 10 – Nov 14 all-day

“Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now”

Join us for a rewarding and powerful experience by helping prepare and develop APHA 2018! Please use these updated links to get involved and make APHA’s 2018 Annual Meeting the best yet.

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The Fine Art of & Science of Pain & Palliative Care @ Ko`olau Ballrooms
Nov 12 @ 7:30 am – 4:30 pm


Online Course Materials
Conference materials will be available via web access. More information will be sent to you upon confirmation of your registration.

For More Information:
The Queen’s Medical Center
Office of Continuing Medical Education, Harkness 117
Phone: (808) 691-4406

Meeting patients’ pain and palliative care needs demands a balance of the best of the art and science of caring. Challenges such as safely and effectively treating pain and maintaining resilience and presence can leave one with the feeling of staring at a blank canvas. This conference has gathered a multi-talented faculty to share the state of both the art and the science of pain management and palliative care, to inspire you with their creative presentations, and take you from that blank canvas to a larger palate of care options to create your masterpiece in meeting these vital patient needs.

This conference has broad appeal to physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other healthcare professionals.

After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe three cultural myths that are barriers to good care for people with serious illness and how to overcome them
  • Describe the benefits and strategies for effective communication with seriously ill patients
  • Evaluate, treat and monitor pain; including assessing the risk of addiction
  • Apply multiple strategies for optimum pain management, which incorporate universal precautions to minimize abuse, addiction and adverse consequences
  • Discuss options for managing cancer-related pain
  • Discuss and differentiate grieving styles
  • Apply the concept of grieving styles to family systems
  • Explore grieving style implications for counselors
  • Describe treatments of last resort for people with refractory suffering near the end of life

7:30 am       Registration •  Breakfast

7:55 am       Welcome –Daniel Fischberg, MD, PhD, Conference Chair

8:00 am       The Dr. Ryder K. Onopa Memorial Lecture
In Search of a Good Death: Living Well with Serious Illness
Steven Pantilat, MD

9:00 am       How to Care for the Patient with Addiction
Judith Paice, PhD, RN

10:00 am     Break

10:15 am     Better Words to Say: Communicating Effectively with Seriously Ill Patients
Steven Pantilat, MD

11:15 am     Management of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers
Judith Paice, PhD, RN

12:15 pm     Lunch

1:15 pm       Treatments of Last Resort
Daniel Fischberg, MD, PhD; Liz Vaughan, LCSW

2:00 pm       The Journey of Grief
Kenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv

3:00 pm       Break

3:15 pm       Beyond Gender: Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve
Kenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv

4:15 pm       Recap / Summary
Beth Freitas, PhD, APRN

4:30 pm           Adjourn

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias @ St. Francis Kūpuna Village in Liliha, Weinberg Building, 5th Floor Executive Conference Room
Nov 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Whether it’s information on healthier living, aging in place, or being prepared for the your future healthcare needs, St. Francis Healthcare System partners with experts to ensure you can age successfully. Classes are $10 each.

All sessions will be held at the St. Francis Kūpuna Village in Liliha, Weinberg Building, 5th Floor Executive Conference Room unless otherwise indicated. Space is limited. Contact Maylynn Wong to register today at or (808) 547-8138.

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Learn about the warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Learn tips and techniques to use with your loved one.Speaker: Lyn Moku, Alzheimer’s Association.

Living with Diabetes: How to Take Control @ The Queen's Conference Center
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes. In 2015, nearly 1 in 4 four adults living with diabetes – 7.2 million Americans – didn’t even know they had the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How can you live a long and full life with diabetes?

Find out with Lisa L. Wong, MD, FACP, endocrinologist at The Queen’s Medical Center.

  • How is diabetes diagnosed?
  • What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?
  • What can you eat if you have diabetes?
  • Where can you find help and support?
  • What are some new treatment options?

Space is limited. Reservations are required. Register online or call The Queen’s Referral Line at 691-7117.

Parking is available for a $5 flat rate with validation in the Physicians Office Building III, which is recommended since it is the closest to the Queen’s Conference Center. Enter from Lauhala St. You can also park at the Physicians Office Building I and Miller parking garages for the same $5 flat rate with validation.

Can’t make the lecture? Watch the recording online about 2 weeks after the event on Queen’s YouTube channel: QMCHawaii. Click here to check out our past lectures on stress, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, bone health, weight loss and more.

Power Partnerships & Growth Strategies in an Alternative Payment Model Environment
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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With the transition from fee for service to alternative payment models (APMs), is your agency prepared to develop successful growth strategies that focus on quality, data, the care continuum, and patient goals and engagement?  Who are your best power partners and what do those partnerships look like?  Are you a power partner?  Do you know what APM agencies want in a partner and how to achieve it?  This webinar will explain the various APMs and care designs to identify the key elements your agency must provide to be a power partner.  Learn opportunities and strategies to align your agency with government and commercial reimbursement trends.


  • Two key differences of past and present APMs
  • Why patient engagement and participation are critical to APM growth strategy
  • Is your agency effectively measuring patient goals, engagement, and satisfaction?
  • Why organizational capabilities will be tested if APMs remain effective
  • Power partnerships versus value-based contract requirements
  • Critical growth strategies for power partnerships, enabling participation in narrow payer networks
  • Why payers want power partnerships building narrow networks, whereas providers are familiar with value-based contract details
  • Alternative Payment Model Design Toolkit
  • HMA Weekly Round-up in Focus: Washington FQHC Alternative Payment Methodology
  • Chronic Care Management Guide
  • 8 Steps to Becoming an Innovation Powerhouse
  • White Paper – Population Health Management
  • Websites related to APMs, value-based care, growth strategies, and power partnerships

This informative session is a must for all key leaders, including CEOs, directors, administrators, CFOs, business development staff, marketing directors, patient care service directors, clinical directors, intake coordinators, field liaisons, transitional care coordinators, and reimbursement and billing specialists.

PLEASE NOTE: Webinar content is subject to copyright and intended for your individual organization’s use only.

Kathy Ahearn, RN, BSN, PHN
Ahearn Advisement Partners

REHAB’s 4th Annual Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop
Nov 17 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm


Featured Presenters

  • Charles De Mesa, DO
    Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship
    Director of Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine
  • Dr. Charles J De Mesa, DO
    is a Pain Management specialist in Sacramento, California. He attended and graduated from medical school in 2010, having over 7 years of diverse experience, especially in Pain Management. He is affiliated with man y hospitals including
    University Of California Davis Medical Center.
  • Daniel Lueder, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh
    Dr. Daniel Lueders, MD, serves as Assistant Fellowship Director
    for the UPMC PM&R Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship and
    contributes to resident musculoskeletal and ultrasound education. He
    is a published author on the utilization of ultrasound in elbow ulnar
    collateral ligament laxity in baseball pitchers, resident education, and
    novel ultrasound-guided interventions for knee meniscal tears, carpal
    tunnel syndrome, and chronic exertional compartment syndrome.
  • Kentaro Onishi, DO
    Program Director of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s ACGME Accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship
    Dr. Kentaro Onishi, DO, is a physiatrist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and
    is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including UPMC Mercy
    and UPMC Passavant. He received his medical degree from Western
    University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He recently
    took part in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as
    part of the International Olympic Committee’s medical team.
  • Kiran Vadada, MD
    Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician at Straub Medical Center
    Dr. Kiran Vadada, MD, Board certified in sports medicine, physical
    medicine and rehabilitation. Vadada earned his medical degree from
    Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin Univ ersity of Medicine &
    Science. He also completed his internship in internal medicine from
    Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Featured Hands-on Lab Instructors

  • Kenji Yamazaki, MD
    Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician Straub Medical Center
  • Nicholas Muraoka, DO
    Medical Director, Comprehensive Pain Management Program REHAB Hospital of the Pacific
  • Neal Washburn, DO, MS
    Sports Medicine, Spine Specialist and Regenerative Medicine 360 Sports, Spine and Wellness
  • Stephen Schaaf, MD
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation University of Pittsburgh
Ask the Experts Liver Wellness Conference @ John A. Burns School of Medicine
Nov 17 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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  • 8:00 a.m. Registration, Visit Exhibits
  • 8:55 a.m. Welcome & Review of Conference Learning Objectives
    Scott Suckow
    American Liver Foundation Pacific Coast Division
  • 9:00 a.m. Opioids and the HIV and Hepatitis Epidemics (CE provided)
    Heather Lusk
    Hawai’i Health and Harm Reduction Center
    Thaddeus Pham
    State of Hawaii. Department of Health
    Viral Hepatitis & Hep Free Hawai’i
  • 9:50 a.m. HBV Overview with Current and New Treatment Options (CE provided)
    Sumodh Kalathil, MD
    The Queen’s Medical Center | The Queen’s Liver Center
  • 10:40 a.m. Morning Break
  • 10:55 a.m. Advances in the Management of Thrombocytopenia in Chronic Liver Disease
    (CME/CNE provided)
    Tarek Hassanein, MD
    Southern California Liver Centers
  • 11:55 a.m HCV Screening, Linkage to Care and Expanding the Care Continuum (CME/CNE/CPE provided)
    Tarek Hassanein, MD
    Southern California Liver Centers
  • 12:55 p.m. -Lunch-
  • 1:30 p.m. Liver Cancer (CE provided)
    Makoto Ogihara, MD
    Queen’s Transplant Center
  • 2:20p.m. Improving Cultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities (CE provided)
    Christina Wang, DNP, APRN-RX, AGNP-C
    Hawai’i Health and Harm Reduction Center
  • 3:10 p.m. Closing Remarks
    Scott Suckow
    American Liver Foundation Pacific Coast Division
11/18 Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation 4th Annual Meeting and Community Service Award @ Church of the Crossroads
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please join us to recognize the outstanding work of Kōkua Mau and the presentation of the 2018 Mitsuo Aoki Community Service Award to Jeannette Kojane, Kōkua Mau’s own Executive Director.

11:30-12:00 Registration

12:00-12:15 Welcome and Prayer

12:16-12:30 2018 Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation Community Service Award

12:31-1:00 Buffet Luncheon

1:01-2:00 Panel Discussion: Our Care Our Choice

2:00-2:30 Q & A



Dr. Aoki’s work focused on holistic healing and end-of-life care. With that in mind, the Panel Discussion “Our Care, Our Choice” will explore how this new state law will allow individuals who are terminally ill, under specific circumstances, to request medications which will give them the choice to die on their own terms.

Our Care, Our Choice Panelists:

  • Sister Joan Chatfield, M.M., Ph.D., Moderator:
  • Jeannette Kojane, M.P.H., Executive Director, Kōkua Mau
  • Rae Seitz, M.D., Palliative Care Physician
  • Clarence Liu, M.A., M.Div., Hospice Chaplain
  • Alan Gamble, D.C.S.W., L.C.S.W.

The buffet luncheon will be sponsored by the Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation.

For details about the panelist please visit our website or download the flyer.

FREE Medicare Webinar: Medicare Health Insurance & Prescription Drug Plan Enrollment Options
Nov 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Click here to register

Please join speaker Terry Peacock in an intriguing discussion about medicare!


  • What is Medicare Open Enrollment Period?
  • What are the dates, deadlines, and process for enrollment?
  • How do people know if they need to change plans?
  • When can people find the next year’s Medicare Plan information and compare plans?
  • What is the difference between a Medicare Advantage Plan and a Medicare Supplemental Plan (Medigap)?
  • What are some of the rules and regulations surrounding medicare sales of medicare plans to protect seniors?

TERRY PEACOCK has an extensive background in the health industry and assisting hundreds of clients through the years with their health care planning and insurance needs. She has worked with Kaiser Permanente for 15 years, and served as Marketing Director at Kahala Nui Senior Living Community during the project’s development years.
Presently, she is an insurance advisor with Mutual of Omaha’s Hawaii Division and an authorized licensed representative for HUMANA and United Health Care Medicare Plans. Terry holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Hawaii and taught in the Public School Systems for several years before changing careers.

11/29 Kōkua Mau Monthly Meeting @ Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin
Nov 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

November 29 we will have an interesting hands-on presentation about TFT or Thought Filed Therapy by Dr. Caroline Sakai. We hope you can join us for this special presentation.

Caroline E. Sakai, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice, who was formerly chief psychologist at Kaiser Hawaii Behavioral Health Services. She’s deployed on trauma relief missions to New Orleans and Rwanda. She has published articles on Thought Field Therapy, EMDR, and domestic violence, and her book “Overcoming Adversity: How Energy Tapping Transforms Your Life’s Worst Experiences – A Primer for Posttraumatic Growth”. See her website at

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is the original energy tapping methodology developed by clinical psychologist Roger Callahan. It is a self-treatment that utilizes the acupoints used in acupuncture and acupressure. TFT has been used effectively with posttraumatic stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, anger, chronic pain, phobias and many other conditions and symptoms. It can be done by tapping or massaging the acupoints, and can be also be done by mentally focusing on the points once the treatment protocols are mastered. It is beneficial for practitioners who do the treatment on themselves while the client does the treatment on themselves, and both experience the benefits. Caretakers can do the treatments as bilateral massage of the acupoints on the patient. TFT protocols can be adapted for very young children, people with cognitive or other serious challenges, as well as infants and animals.

While there are various levels of treatment, the basics can be learned readily and Caroline will demonstrate and teach examples focused on our ‘Ohana working in palliative care settings.

Please access to the temple campus is from driveway off Lusitana Street, not the Pali Highway. There is plenty of free parking all around the buildings on campus but it is suggested to park in the top parking lot. Map on our website.

Take the first right on the Pali Highway after the merge with the H1 turn-off. Take a right on Lusitania and the driveway into the temple campus is to your right. There is a second entrance on the makai side, right after the bus stop, if you missed it. We are grateful for the temple to host our meetings.