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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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Hawaii State Department of Health: Eating and Leading by ExamplePosted on April 30, 2015 in Ola LokahiHawaii State Department of Health: Eating and Leading by Example post thumbnail
When Adele Ching, Coordinator for the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP Hawaii) Program in the Executive Office on Aging, an agency of the Hawaii State Department of Health received the department’s newly adopted Nutrition Wellness Policy, she immediately took it to heart. In planning the Volunteers Training and Recognition Conference on May 15, 2015, Adele worked […]
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Hawaii State Hospital Poised to Expand and Revitalize Mental Health ServicesPosted on April 30, 2015 in Ola Lokahi
Every day, the Hawaii State Hospital team of healthcare professionals delivers valuable mental health services for those who are often shunned by others. They provide care and treatment services to patients with medically complex conditions, including chronic schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders and bipolar disorder. Services include psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, relaxation techniques and cognitive therapy, dog training and […]
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DOH and Hep. Free Hawaii launch local campaign to increase hepatitis awarenessPosted on April 30, 2015 in Ola LokahiDOH and Hep. Free Hawaii launch local campaign to increase hepatitis awareness post thumbnail
Hawaii has the highest rate of liver cancer in the nation, and the leading causes of liver cancer in Hawaii are hepatitis B and C. According to DOH, about 50,000 people in Hawaii may be living with hepatitis B and C, and most are unaware of their infection. That means many people are not accessing […]
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