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A Message from the Director of HealthPosted on January 27, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Aloha!
 
 It is an honor for me to be leading the Department of Health (DOH) and carrying on our mission of protecting and improving the health and environment for all people in Hawaii. There are many different aspects of health that touch the lives of everyone in Hawaii and call for our attention. Public health and […]
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Hawaii Retains #1 Position in
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Hawaii Retains #1 Position in
National Health RankingsPosted on January 27, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Hawaii is #1 in health rankings in the nation for the second consecutive year, according to America’s Health Rankings, the longest running comparative health index of states. The rankings were released in December 2014. America’s Health Rankings, sponsored by United Health Foundation in partnership with American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, are updated each […]
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E-Cigarette Use Among Hawaii’s Teens on the RisePosted on January 27, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Tobacco use among Hawaii’s public middle and high school students has declined over the past decade, but according to the latest findings of the biennial Hawaii Youth Tobacco Survey, increased use of new tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes, water pipes and roll-your-own cigarettes could reverse this positive trend. The Youth Tobacco Survey is conducted […]
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Survey Identifies State’s Health NeedsPosted on January 27, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
DOH began this year’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) phone survey earlier this month. It is the world’s largest ongoing telephone survey of adults and is coordinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Hawaii Department of Health. The survey covers topics ranging from healthcare access and use of […]
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E-Cigarettes Prohibited in State Buildings

Posted on February 4, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are prohibited in all state government buildings under the jurisdiction of the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS). This policy went into effect in October 2014 and is part of the State of Hawaii’s commitment to keep workplaces and public locations smoke-free. The policy sets the tone for private sector […]
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Inspections of Hawaii Food Establishments IncreasingPosted on February 4, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
The Hawaii Department of Health continues to make significant progress in conducting inspections of restaurants and other food service establishments since the launch of a placard program in July 2014. The program evaluates food establishments and posts color placards to indicate if the inspection revealed any food–borne illness risk factor violations. On Oahu alone, there are […]
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HEER Office:
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HEER Office:
Hawaii’s Unsung HeroesPosted on February 4, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
The Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Office of the Hawaii State Department of Health has recently been hard at work to respond to emergencies in our community. Last week, HEER personnel provided oversight of the response activities related to a 42,000-gallon release of jet fuel from an above ground storage tank at the Airport Service Group […]
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Tugboat Aerial Assessment TeamPosted on February 4, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Terry Corpuz, a member of the Department of Health’s Hazard Evaluation and Emergency (HEER) Response team, served as a member of the flyover crew to inspect the ocean following the recent tugboat incident 2.5 miles off Barbers Point. He joined representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard and the responsible party to assess the impact of an estimated 75,000-gallon diesel fuel release when […]
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And the “Rethink Your Drink” Winners Are…Posted on February 11, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
On average, Hawaii’s teens drink 8.6 sugary drinks per week — more than any other age group. That translates into the average Hawaii teen DRINKING 40 pounds of sugar a year! And this puts Hawaii teens at risk for gaining up to 10 POUNDS  in one year. The Hawaii Department of Health launched the “Rethink Your Drink” media campaign […]
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Measles Makes a ComebackPosted on February 11, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Although measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000 as a result of a very successful vaccination program, the highly contagious respiratory viral illness has recently resurfaced. Measles Outbreak A multistate measles outbreak associated with travel to Disney resorts in California has been ongoing since December 2014; as of February 9, 2015, 114 individuals […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – November 2018Posted on November 21, 2018 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi November 2018 The #RideSoberHawaii Challenge This holiday season, take the new #RideSoberHawaii challenge presented by the department’s EMS & Injury Prevention System Branch and you could win a $50 Uber gift card. Open the PDF to read more. What you can do about opioid abuse Opioids are prescribed frequently for pain and are […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – October 2018Posted on October 15, 2018 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (October 2018) World Mental Health Day 2018 sheds light on young people People experience mental health challenges in different ways. Some are affected by episodes of anxiety or depression, and others may suffer from severe and disabling conditions that last a lifetime. Young people face unique struggles as they navigate changes during adolescence […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – August 2018Posted on August 22, 2018 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (August 2018) Amendments make medical cannabis more accessible These changes make access to medical cannabis easier for registered patients who use it to treat their serious health conditions. Local dispensaries experienced a high demand for the newly approved safe pulmonary administration (SPA) devices that were added to the list of approved merchandise that […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – June/July 2018Posted on June 27, 2018 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (June/July 2018) DOH Team Rises to the Challenges of the Ongoing Kilauea Eruption Spectacular geological displays of bright red lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano and oozing from fissures in the ground, and billowing clouds of ash and volcanic smog are capturing the attention of those around the globe. Open the attached newsletter […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – June 2018Posted on June 8, 2018 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (June 2018) 2018 Legislative Highlights of the Five-Month Session: All-payer claims database Licensure by endorsement Healthcare preceptorship tax credit Virtual dental home Support for Hawaii Opioid Task Force Ban on the pesticide Chlorpyrifos Ban on sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate Cesspool advisory coucil and grant program Support for those with intellectual and developmental […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – April 2018Posted on April 20, 2018 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (April 2018) Recycle in Celebration of Earth Day April 22! As Earth Day 2018 nears, it’s a good time to reflect on recycling, particularly beverage and plastic water bottle containers which are responsible for pollution and negative effects on the environment and public health. Open the attached newsletter pdf to read more. Walk […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – March 2018Posted on March 27, 2018 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (March 2018) DOH Quality Assurance Coordinator Inducted Into UH Nursing Alumni Hall of Fame The University of Hawaii-Manoa Nursing Alumni Association has inducted Gloria Fernandez, Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) quality assurance coordinator, into its 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame. Open the attached newsletter pdf to read more. ‘Day at the Capitol’ Celebrates […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – December 2017Posted on December 20, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (December 2017) DOH Employees Promote Healthy Living at Annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade Everybody loves a parade, the old saying goes, and perhaps none more so than a group of Department of Health (DOH) employees from the Diamond Head Health Center on Kilauea Avenue, who were among dozens of participants at the festive 71st […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – November 2017Posted on November 22, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (Nov 2017) DOH Launches Oral Health Screening Initiative Aaaahhhh!!! That sound was heard early and often on Oct. 17 at The Towers at Kuhio Park in Kalihi, where the Department of Health (DOH) kicked off its statewide oral health screening project with a dental screening for children age 5 and under. Open the […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – September/October 2017Posted on October 20, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (Sept/Oct 2017) DOH Expands ‘Choose Healthy Now’ Campaign Convenience food store chain 7-Eleven has joined Aloha Island Mart and KTA Superstores in providing healthier alternatives that satisfy customers’ snack and drink cravings. Open the attached newsletter pdf to read more. The Aftermath of Suicide DOH Employee Finds Peace in the Midst of Grief […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – August 2017Posted on August 30, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (August 2017) Hard Work Pays Off For DOH Medical Cannabis Registry and Dispensary Programs In early August, Maui Grown Therapies became the first medical cannabis dispensary to begin sales to qualifying patients on Maui when it received the green light from DOH. A few days later, DOH approved Aloha Green to begin selling […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – July 2017Posted on July 19, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (July 2017) DOH Gains Upper Hand in Fight vs. Mosquitoes The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) has reached several milestones in its efforts to eliminate mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya in Hawaii. Open the attached newsletter pdf to read more. SLD Program Manager Rebecca Sciulli Receives Award The Association of […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – June 2017Posted on June 7, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (June 2017) Message From the Director It’s hard to believe that the year is nearly halfway over. So far, 2017 has been a busy year for our department but with your dedication and hard work, we have been able to meet the many challenges that have come our way. Open the attached newsletter […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – May 2017Posted on May 9, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (May 2017) What You Should Know About Rat Lungworm Disease By now, you’ve head of Rat Lungworm (RLW) disease which has been a high-profile story reported by the local, national and international news media. To date, DOH has confirmed 14 cases of RLW in Hawaii so far this year. Open the attached newsletter […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – February 2017Posted on February 21, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (Feb 2017) Good Health! It’s Everyone’s Kuleana When it comes to health, the playing field is not even. There are many in our islands that do not enjoy good health because of their socioeconomic conditions or geographical location that prevent access to quality care and healthful living. Open the attached newsletter pdf to […]
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