Month: August 2012

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park News Release

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The Hawai‘i Health Connector

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Aloha from Hawai‘i Island!
The Hawai‘i Health Connector Outreach Team is on Hawai‘i Island talking story about the health insurance exchange. The Team met with Hawaiʻi County Mayor Billy Kenoi to apprise him on the progress of the Connector.
Monday started off with an early morning presentation to the Workforce Development Board where Executive Director Coral Andrews introduced the Connector and answered some excellent questions.
Michael Gleason, a Connector Board member and Community Outreach Committee Chair, was the perfect host on day one. The day concluded with a visit to The Arc of Hilo, Keaʻau, Fern Forest, Hawaiian Beaches, Eden Roc, Pāhoa and Hawaiian Paradise Park, the second largest subdivision in the United States.
The Connector Outreach Team will be on Hawai‘i Island through Wednesday to meet with community health center directors and County Council members. The Team is also seeking out hard-to-reach populations to identify where outreach efforts will need increased focus. The outreach meetings aim to provide accurate, helpful information and build lasting relationships with community members.
The Connector Outreach Team is committed to introducing itself throughout the state by the end of the year. The Hawai‘i Island visit marks the second effort to establish a Connector presence state-wide, following Kaua‘i.
If you would like to meet with the Connector Outreach Team please visit the website, or submit a request to
Consumer Advisory Committee
The Community Outreach Team is currently receiving applications for participation on the Consumer Advisory Committee. The Consumer Advisory Committee will represent a wide variety of consumer and employer interests, including:
(a) Individuals and Small Businesses who will purchase health plans through the Connector;
(b) Diverse populations throughout the state; and
(c) Organizations that help individuals to enroll in health plans through the Connector, including insurance providers and advocates for hard-to-reach populations.
Members who serve on this committee will represent small businesses and consumers statewide and will participate in strategic outreach initiatives.
If you are interested in serving on the Committee or know of someone, complete the attached application and submit it to no later than Friday, August 31, 2012. (For application, click here)
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Hawai‘i Health Connector  P.O. Box 3767 Honolulu HI 96812


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New report available from NIH – Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being is available online at :

This report provides the latest data on the 37 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.

Vickie Crosby, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

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Vickie attended Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona to obtain her BSN, then on to Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon to earn a Masters as Family Nurse Practitioner.  She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, where she was recently awarded the Hawaii State Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for 2012 for  outstanding clinical practice.

Vickie, along with her husband Rick, own and operate the Ocean View Family Health Clinic since 2006.  This is a full service family practice where she has served as a Primary Care Provider since 2006 for many patients in the ocean view and surrounding areas.  She is currently serving as Vice President for the Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc.