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In Time for the Holidays: Hawaii State Department of Health Completes More than 10,000 Inspections of Food Service EstablishmentsPosted on December 23, 2015 in Ola LokahiIn Time for the Holidays: Hawaii State Department of Health Completes More than 10,000 Inspections of Food Service Establishments post thumbnail
In the Islands, the holiday season is a time for parties and potlucks with family, friends, and colleagues, with lots of food. That means celebrating at restaurants, more catering, and take-out food for holiday gatherings. The good news is that consumers can have greater peace of mind this holiday season. The Hawaii Department of Health […]
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Kauai District Health Officer Dr. Dileep Bal to Receive Award for Outstanding Government ServicePosted on December 23, 2015 in Ola LokahiKauai District Health Officer Dr. Dileep Bal  to Receive Award for Outstanding Government Service post thumbnail
Congratulations to Dr. Dileep Bal who will be honored by the American Medical Association (AMA) on Feb. 23 in Washington D.C. as the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service in the category of Outstanding Career Public Servant at the Local Level. The awards, presented to local, state and federal […]
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Public Health Nurses March in Christmas ParadePosted on December 23, 2015 in Ola LokahiPublic Health Nurses March in Christmas Parade post thumbnail
The East Honolulu public health nurses recently marched in the 2015 Kaimuki Christmas parade and cheerfully gave out toothbrushes instead of candy. The toothbrushes were donated by the department’s Planning Office and Family Health Services Division Hawaii Smiles Project. The community appreciated the healthy gift and the reminder that dental health is a critical component […]
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Hawaii State Hospital Announces Updated Master PlanPosted on September 24, 2015 in Ola LokahiHawaii State Hospital Announces Updated Master Plan post thumbnail
(Watch a video about the Hawaii State Hospital at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkNFtpi8ZDI) The Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe, which for more than a decade has been challenged with overcrowded patient conditions, an ever-increasing number of high-risk patients, and concerns about employee safety, now has a solution to address these issues. The Hawaii State Department of Health has […]
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New EMS Chief: Dr. Alvin C. BronsteinPosted on September 24, 2015 in Ola LokahiNew EMS Chief: Dr. Alvin C. Bronstein post thumbnail
From the time Alvin C. Bronstein, MD, FACEP joined the Hawaii State Department of Health as the new chief of the Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention System Branch on Aug. 31, he has been fully immersed in carrying on the branch’s goal of reducing trauma-related deaths, injuries, and permanent long-term disability and improving trauma […]
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Hawaii Adults Can “Step It Up!” By Taking More WalksPosted on September 24, 2015 in Ola LokahiHawaii Adults Can “Step It Up!” By Taking More Walks post thumbnail
More than one in two Hawaii adults are currently overweight or obese, and one in five is living with at least one chronic disease or condition, such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.  That’s sobering news. The good news? Physically active adults are healthier and less likely to become obese or develop chronic diseases than […]
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Department of Health Clarifies Ovarian Cancer Care ReportPosted on September 24, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Last week, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance released a report titled, “50 States of Teal: Ovarian Cancer Care across America” in which U.S. states were measured on 10 metrics across the continuum of care for ovarian cancer patients, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and end-of-life care.  Hawaii scored a 6 out of 10 in the report, […]
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Emerging Public Health Nursing Leadership to Nurture Healthy Communities in HawaiiPosted on September 14, 2015 in Ola LokahiEmerging Public Health Nursing Leadership to Nurture Healthy Communities in Hawaii post thumbnail
  “My philosophy is to help individuals and families reconnect with their sense of place and culture in order to reconnect with health.  In working with communities, we work towards strengthening their voice.  How we strengthen their voice is through listening before we respond.”  Joan Takamori   When Joan Takamori talks, people listen.  Joan is […]
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Drug Treatment Programs are Keeping Adult and Adolescents Off Drugs, But Meth Use Among Older Adults RisingPosted on September 14, 2015 in Ola LokahiDrug Treatment Programs are Keeping Adult and Adolescents Off Drugs, But Meth Use Among Older Adults Rising post thumbnail
There is good news and not-so-good news about substance abuse in our islands, according to the 2015 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services Report, which was recently published by Hawaii Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. First the good news: Over the past five years, more than half of the adults and adolescents who […]
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Hawaii State Department of Health Launches New Crisis Line “Warm Line” Dedicated to Suicide Prevention in HawaiiPosted on August 25, 2015 in Ola LokahiHawaii State Department of Health Launches New Crisis Line  “Warm Line” Dedicated to Suicide Prevention in Hawaii post thumbnail
Belinda Danielson, Crisis Line Supervisor, shared details about the program with KITV morning news show anchor Lara Yamada. In Hawaii, suicide is the most common cause of fatal injuries among residents, outpacing car crashes, homicide, poisoning and drowning. It is estimated that one suicide is committed every two days in Hawaii. In fact, about 20 […]
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Healthier Snacks for Government Employees: First Lady Dawn Ige Helps Expand the Choose Healthy Now ProgramPosted on August 25, 2015 in Ola LokahiHealthier Snacks for Government Employees: First Lady Dawn Ige Helps Expand the Choose Healthy Now Program post thumbnail
First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige congratulates the vendors in the Ho‘opono Business Enterprise Program for their participation in the Choose Healthy Now program It’s usually easy to find unhealthy snacks during your workday. But do you and your colleagues have access to healthy options? The Choose Healthy Now program just celebrated its one-year anniversary and is […]
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Hawaii State Department of Health Now Developing Guidelines to Govern Practices of Hawaii’s First Medical Marijuana DispensariesPosted on August 25, 2015 in Ola LokahiHawaii State Department of Health Now Developing Guidelines to Govern Practices of Hawaii’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries post thumbnail
ThinkTech Hawaii TV Show ThinkTech Hawaii host Jay Fidell recently invited guests Peter Whiticar and Keith Ridley for a show dedicated to medical marijuana, taped before the bill became law. To view the show, click on the following YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6RXtea39OA   On July 15, 2015, medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii became legal. Hawaii became […]
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Adult Mental Health Division Addresses Smoking and Tobacco UsePosted on May 12, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
People in Hawaii with behavioral health disorders are disproportionately burdened by the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco use. In collaboration with the University of California San Francisco, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC), the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) is addressing this issue and is holding free, all-day workshops titled, […]
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Hawaii Department of Health Grant Funds Telemedicine Program to Improve Access to Care for Stroke VictimsPosted on May 12, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
One in five Hawaii residents will have a stroke during his or her lifetime. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in our state and the number one cause of chronic adult disability. Of people under age 65, only 20% are able to return to full time employment after a stroke and […]
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Learning From Our Past to Shape Our Future Florence Nightingale of Hawaii, Mabel Leilani SmythPosted on May 12, 2015 in Ola LokahiLearning From Our Past to Shape Our Future  Florence Nightingale of Hawaii, Mabel Leilani Smyth post thumbnail
Contributed by: Joan A. Takamori, APRN, Chief of Public Health Nursing Branch (In honor of Nurses Day celebrated on May 6)   ”One can do more good for humanity by working among the people district nurses do, and naturally like to work among that class of people.” Mabel Leilani Smyth 1892-1936 Public Health Nursing is […]
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