December 3, 2002
For the second year in a row the State of Hawaii's Executive Office
on Aging's Kokua Mau program has been named a semifinalist in the
Innovations in American Government Awards.
Kokua Mau's innovation is a model for integrating no/low-cost
resources to improve end of life care into the Aging Network both in
Hawaii and in several Western States. The Aging Network consists of the
federal, state and local programs that help older persons throughout
the nation to live independent, meaningful, and dignified lives in
their own homes or other places of residence as long as possible,
emphasizing the lessening of isolation and prevention of unnecessary
Selected from a pool of almost 1,000 applicants, the semifinalists
range from local school districts to federal efforts, and include
one-of-a-kind programs that encourage recycling, provide healthcare for
the rural poor, improve crime scene investigations, ensure food safety,
eliminate family violence, and recruit and train new teachers. For more
information visit www.innovations.harvard.edu.
Four criteria are used to evaluate each application: originality of
the approach; effectiveness in addressing important problems; value of
services to clients; and the potential for replication in other
Fifteen finalists will be named from the pool of semifinalists in
2003. The National Selection Committee on Innovations in American
Government, chaired by David R. Gergen, editor-at-large, U.S. News
& World Report, will select five winning programs after a full day
of presentations in May 2003 in Washington, DC. Winners will be
announced the following day, and each will receive a $100,00 Award. The
remaining 10 finalists will each receive $20,000.
For additional information about Kokua Mau, contact Marilyn R.
Seely, Executive Director at 808/586-0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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