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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 – December 2016Posted on January 3, 2017 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (Dec 2016) A Message from Virginia Pressler, MD, Director of Health A Year of Outstanding Teamwork. Open the attached newsletter pdf to read more about our 2016 year. Physical Health Fight the Bite Campaign Rethink Your Drink Hepatitis A Outbreak Medical Marijuana Comprehensive Tobacco Control Policies Alcohol Abuse Screening Hawaii Smiles Mental Health […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – November 2016Posted on November 30, 2016 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (Nov 2016) A Message from Virginia Pressler, MD, Director of Health Healthy Holidays to You and Your Family! Open the attached newsletter pdf to read more. Thaddeus Pham Receives HAH’s 2016 Public Health Award Congratulations to Thaddeus Pham, Adult Viral Hepatitis Coordinator with the Hawaii Department of Health, who received the Public Health […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – October 2016Posted on October 24, 2016 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (Oct 2016) “Rethink Your Drink” Campaign: Nothing is Sweeter Than a Healthy Life! The Department of Health’s newest “Rethink Your Drink” television commercial is now airing statewide through the end of the year. The goal is to teach Hawaii teenagers about the dangers of drinking too many sugary drinks, so that they reduce […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – September 2016Posted on September 8, 2016 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (Sept 2016) Department of Health’s Strategic Plan Focuses on Social Determinants of Health The neighborhood you live in determines your health status and how long you will live. Open the attached newsletter pdf to read more. Department of Health Demonstrates Responsiveness The Hawaii Department of Health’s food safety inspection program, headed by Peter […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – July 2016Posted on July 22, 2016 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (July 2016) International Accreditation for the professionals in the Adult Mental Health Division/Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) and Clubhouses CARF International recently recognized the work of these professionals and granted them statewide accreditation for the first time. Open the attached newsletter pdf to read more. Keeping Kupuna Safe! Statewide Fall Prevention Campaign Now […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – May 2016Posted on May 26, 2016 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi (May 2016) Public Health Nursing: Big Tasks that Require Big Hearts This month, healthcare organizations celebrated National Nurses Week from May 6 to 12. The Hawaii Department of Health is proud of all of its nurses, and will be highlighting their contributions to the community throughout the year, starting this month with our […]
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Ola Lokahi Newsletter – April 2016Posted on May 20, 2016 in Ola Lokahi
Ola Lokahi PDF (April 2016)   10-Year Master Plan Being Implemented Demolition of Hawaii State Hospital’s Goddard Building Underway   The Goddard Building, located at the top of Hawaii State Hospital’s campus in Kaneohe, is being demolished to clear the way for a brand new, 144-bed forensic facility. Kaneohe resident Kahu Wendell Kalanikapuaenui Silva conducted […]
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A Healthy Holiday TipPosted on December 23, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
As we enter the holiday season and usher in the New Year, we can become agents of wellness by introducing beneficial choices at your next pot luck with friends, family or co-workers. Instead of bringing food or beverages that are high in fat, salt or sugar, consider bringing enticing salads and entrees that are low […]
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Hawaii Named Healthiest State in the Nation…But There’s Still Has Room for ImprovementPosted on December 23, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Hawaii was recently named the healthiest state in the nation for the fourth consecutive year, based on statistical data gathered by the United Health Foundation in collaboration with the American Public Health Association. The 26th annual America’s Health Rankings was published on Dec. 10, 2015 and is the longest-running annual assessment of America’s health, starting […]
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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 Lokahi
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 Lokahi
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 Lokahi
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 Lokahi
(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 Lokahi
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 Lokahi
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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