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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 ...
Read More Hawaii State Department of Health Launches New Crisis Line “Warm Line” Dedicated to Suicide Prevention in Hawaii

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 ...
Read More Healthier Snacks for Government Employees: First Lady Dawn Ige Helps Expand the Choose Healthy Now Program

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 ...
Read More Hawaii State Department of Health Now Developing Guidelines to Govern Practices of Hawaii’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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, ...
Read More Adult Mental Health Division Addresses Smoking and Tobacco Use

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 ...
Read More Hawaii Department of Health Grant Funds Telemedicine Program to Improve Access to Care for Stroke Victims

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 ...
Read More Learning From Our Past to Shape Our Future Florence Nightingale of Hawaii, Mabel Leilani Smyth

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 ...
Read More Hawaii State Department of Health: Eating and Leading by Example

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 ...
Read More Hawaii State Hospital Poised to Expand and Revitalize Mental Health Services

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 ...
Read More DOH and Hep. Free Hawaii launch local campaign to increase hepatitis awareness

By Carrie Mardorf, Chief of Cultural Resources, Kalaupapa National Historical Park Kalaupapa National Historical Park recently completed a major project to conserve precious, historic artifacts that tell the story about life in Kalaupapa Settlement. The project, funded by Pacific Historic Parks, was the first of its kind at Kalaupapa to mitigate the environmental effects on ...
Read More Kalaupapa Conserves Significant Museum Objects

Nearly 550 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families from across the state recently gathered together at the Hawaii State Capitol to celebrate their abilities and to meet with their legislators. It was part of the annual Day at the Capitol event, coordinated by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Hilopa`a ...
Read More State Council on Developmental Disabilities Day at the Capitol Event Celebrates the Abilities of People with Developmental Disabilities March 12, 2015

A national survey of high school students conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 10.5% of Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders reported having been forced into sexual intercourse at some point in their lifetime. This was the third highest demographic in the nation, underscoring the need for early prevention efforts in Hawaii. Sexual ...
Read More Hawaii Department of Health Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault

This week, Director Ginny Pressler spoke about her vision for the Hawaii Department of Health with Sen. Josh Green on his program “Healthcare in Hawaii.” The one-hour program is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV-2cZXkOsY&feature=youtu.be.  During the program Dr. Pressler discusses her decision to accept an appointment as director, her focus on systems change and prevention, her anticipation ...
Read More “Hawaii: The State of Health” Features Department of Health Experts Live Streamed on ThinkTechHawaii.com

Sugar Cane Burning in Hawaii

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 in Ola Lokahi

Kamaaina who have grown up in Hawaii, especially those in rural Oahu and the neighbor islands, know that commercial sugar plantations and cane burning have been a part of our island culture since the 1840s. Suburban and urban growth in Hawaii have put residential developments in close proximity to sugar cane fields. This has resulted ...
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Taking care of those without a home is a growing challenge.  It is estimated that for every 100,000 residents in Hawaii, about 45 are homeless. Those who are chronically homeless often have mental health disorders and/or struggle with substance abuse. This makes these individuals especially vulnerable and in need of support. While others may look upon ...
Read More Meeting the Needs of Oahu’s Chronically Homeless

The Hawaii State Department of Health’s Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) Office team continues to work closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to oversee the cleanup of a 44,000-gallon jet fuel release from a tank farm facility near Sand Island that occurred in January, 2015. According to Keith Kawaoka, deputy director of ...
Read More Cleanup of Jet Fuel Release at Sand Island Facility Still Underway

Evidence shows that caring for moms during their pregnancy and for their keiki during their first few years of life, especially those with low incomes, helps improve the health of both the moms and their children, prevents child abuse and neglect, encourages positive parenting, promotes child development and enhances school-readiness. That’s why the federal government ...
Read More Hawaii Receives Million HHS Grant to Expand Home Visiting Program

In Hawaii, one person commits suicide every two days. In fact, data collected from 2009 to 2013 shows suicide was the most common cause of fatal injuries among Hawaii residents, accounting for over one-quarter of all fatal injuries. The Hawaii Department of Health is taking action to empower professionals and the general public to prevent ...
Read More Register Today for Prevent Suicide Conference on April 30, 2015

Hawaii youth who have experienced trauma and need mental health and other services but may have difficulty accessing  care from traditional sources now have an easier way to receive the help they need. Friends of Children’s Mental Health, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides another way for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) of ...
Read More Hawaii Department of Health Establishes Friends of Children’s Mental Health; Kaiser Permanente Gives ,000 Grant to Support Programs

Hawaii has the highest percentage of top-rated long-term care facilities in the nation, according to the U.S. Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), despite the federal agency’s increased stringent standards and a recently revised rating system. According to CMS’s website Nursing Home Compare, 18 of Hawaii’s 46 nursing homes, or 39 percent, received five ...
Read More Hawaii: Best Nursing Homes in the Nation