Month: November 2013
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KA‘U RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC.
HAWAII ISLAND RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
in support of
National Rural Health Day on November 21, 2013
WHEREAS, rural communities possess a strong sense of unity where everyone has a voice – people know each other, listen to/respect each other and work together for the greater good; rural communities are fueled by the creative energy of their community leaders – everyday people willing to step forward, share and implement a vision, and drive changes that benefit their neighbors; and
WHEREAS, rural doesn’t necessarily mean “remote” – diverse economic, cultural and recreational opportunities abound in rural communities; and
WHEREAS, the main emphasis of rural health care has always been on providing affordable, holistic, primary care – a model to follow as heath care transitions to a wellness/prevention-based system of health care; rural hospitals, clinics, centers, and healthcare practices are the economic foundation of their communities and are typically the largest employers that ensure a healthy workforce; and
WHEREAS, rural communities are locations where physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, licensed social workers, and other practitioners have the unique opportunity to establish their own practices and provide quality healthcare services; and
WHEREAS, addressing the shortage of healthcare providers is one of the greatest health issues – and one of the greatest economic issues – facing rural communities today; and
WHEREAS, while the Affordable Care Act may make health care more affordable for rural communities, it doesn’t necessarily make it more accessible – fragile infrastructures and geographic barriers must be addressed in order to ensure that basic healthcare needs are met; and
WHEREAS, the healthcare needs of rural residents are as unique as the communities in which they live; those needs cannot be addressed by utilizing a generic “one size fits all” approach – programs and policies must be flexible enough to allow rural communities to identify and address the unique needs of their residents; and
WHEREAS, the KA‘U RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., and the HAWAII ISLAND RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION play a critical role by leading efforts to help Hawaii Island rural communities address their unique healthcare needs; now, therefore,
The Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawaii hereby congratulates and commends the many dedicated community leaders and partners from the KA‘U RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., and the HAWAII ISLAND RURAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION that continue to volunteer their time, energy, and resources to ensure the health and well-being of Hawaii Island’s rural communities, and extends its sincerest appreciation, fondest aloha, and best wishes in celebrating National Rural Health Day in Hawaii on November 21, 2013.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
LORETTA J. FUDDY, ACSW, MPH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 14, 2013
HONOLULU – In observance of the 13th annual National Survivors of Suicide Day (Nov. 23) the Hawaii State Department of Health in conjunction with the Prevent Suicide Hawaii Task Force and community-based agencies will present the 2013 Prevent Suicide Hawaii Healing After Conference titled “Sustaining Communities, Families, and Individuals Through Life‐Promoting Actions.” The conference will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Koolau Ballrooms and Conference Center located at 45-550 Kionaole Rd. in Kaneohe. Approximately 200 participants are expected to attend this annual event which provides hope and assistance for survivors in an atmosphere of support and healing. Sessions will be offered on survivor debriefing, healing through the arts, and strategic planning for suicide prevention in Hawaii.
Conference speakers and panelists include:
- Dan Reidenberg, Psy.D. – Keynote Speaker, executive director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) in Bloomington, MN, managing director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention, and U.S. representative to the International Association of Suicide Prevention. He serves on the steering committees for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
- Dr. David Brown, regional director, Behavioral Health, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Tripler Army Medical Center.
- Deb Goebert, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
- Roy Sakuma, Roy Sakuma Productions, renowned ukulele player and well-known inspirational speaker in Hawaii on bullying prevention.
For more information, the conference website is at: www.preventsuicidehiconf.org
Injury Prevention and Control Section
Phone: (808) 733-9238
Cell: (808) 220-2722
Fax: (808) 733-9222
FACT SHEET: New Administration Proposal To Help Consumers Facing Cancellations
Whether an individual can keep their current plan will also depend on their insurance company and State insurance commissioner – but today’s action means that it will no longer be implementation of the law that is forcing them to buy a new plan. Turnover is high in the individual market, with 50 to 67 percent of enrollees staying for a year or less. This means that the number of people in these bare-bones policies will decrease over time. As such, this action provides a smoother transition in a market that’s generally used as a bridge by most consumers. And, this action will not allow these older plans to be sold to new customers in 2014, which would undermine the Marketplace and drive up premiums for millions of hard-working Americans. In short, this administration solution will give consumers more information and choices, including keeping their old plans. As he has said since he signed the bill into law, the President is willing to work with members of Congress in either party on good-faith, constructive solutions that strengthen the law by pursuing the same goals as this Administrative action and do not seek to undermine or repeal the law as a whole.