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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 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 Tip

Posted on Dec 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 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 ...
Read More Hawaii Named Healthiest State in the Nation…But There’s Still Has Room for Improvement

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 ...
Read More In Time for the Holidays: Hawaii State Department of Health Completes More than 10,000 Inspections of Food Service Establishments

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 ...
Read More Kauai District Health Officer Dr. Dileep Bal to Receive Award for Outstanding Government Service

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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(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 ...
Read More Hawaii State Hospital Announces Updated Master Plan

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 ...
Read More New EMS Chief: Dr. Alvin C. Bronstein

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 ...
Read More Hawaii Adults Can “Step It Up!” By Taking More Walks