Month: May 2015

KRHCAI announces Info Meeting on Community Health Worker Pilot Program

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HEP Free Hawaii Launches Local Campaign to increase Hepatitis Awareness for Micronesians

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May 20, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thaddeus Pham
Co-Director
(808) 551-1917
                              
HEP FREE HAWAII LAUNCHES LOCAL CAMPAIGN
TO INCREASE HEPATITIS AWARENESS FOR MICRONESIANS
 
HONOLULU, May 20, 2015 – In commemoration of Hepatitis Awareness Month and Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Hep Free Hawai‘i (HFH) recently re-launched the Micronesian Education Liver Wellness Program (MELWP) to raise awareness about hepatitis B among Micronesian communities living in Hawai‘i.
Hepatitis in Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i has the highest rate of liver cancer in the U.S., and leading cause of liver cancer in Hawai’i is hepatitis B.  According to HDOH, about 40,000 people in Hawai‘i may be living with hepatitis B, and most are unaware of their infection.  The people most at risk for hepatitis B are those born in Asia and the Pacific, including Republic of Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. Unfortunately, most of these people do not get tested or do not get medical care to manage hepatitis B.
Micronesian Education Liver Wellness Program (MELWP)
To address this important health issue for Micronesians, HFH partnered with local community leaders to relaunch MELWP to increase awareness and action around hepatitis B. The program will provide free educational “talk story” sessions for Micronesian community members on Oahu to increase conversation and reduce stigma around this deadly disease.
“We don’t have to let hepatitis take our communities. We can take action,” states Kenson Alik, MELWP Director and a hepatitis B survivor. “We hope that MELWP will empower local Micronesian communities to fight back against hepatitis. As someone who has been through it, I know that this is important for the health of our community!”
According to Alik, community members can take action against hepatitis B by:
  1. Getting educated about hepatitis B
  2. Getting tested for hepatitis B
  3. Getting vaccinated for hepatitis B
  4. Getting treated for hepatitis B
Giving a Voice to Micronesia
In May 2015, Alik was one of five people from Hawaii selected for a Caring Ambassadors scholarship to advocate for hepatitis B prevention in Washington D.C. With the support of Hep Free Hawaii, he met with Hawaii legislators to share the importance of increased hepatitis B services for all Asians and Pacific Islanders, especially communities born in Micronesia.
“I have experienced many difficulties due to hepatitis B,” stated Alik.  “I want to ensure that no one else from my Micronesian community has to deal with liver cancer or liver transplant.  Together, we can talk about this disease, and we can prevent it!”
For more information on how to participate in MELWP on Oahu, contact Kenson Alik at (808) 783-9756 or kenalik04@yahoo.com.
About Hep Free Hawai‘i
Hep Free Hawai‘i is a grassroots coalition of more than eighty organizations whose overall goal is to increase awareness of and access to hepatitis services in Hawai‘i.  For more information about the “Take That!” campaign, go to www.hepfreehawaii.org or follow @hepfreehawaii on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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Bills Would Uphold America’s Commitment to Pacific Jurisdictions by Restoring Medicaid

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    APIAHF Supports Legislation to Restore Medicaid Eligibility to COFA Migrants

May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Today, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) released the following statement in support of legislation introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono (HI) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI) to restore Medicaid eligibility for Compacts of Free Association (COFA) migrants. More than 56,000 COFA migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau work and reside in the U.S., but are unjustly barred from federal health care programs.

“Congressional action is needed because, quite simply, the federal government has not kept its treaty agreements,” said Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF president and CEO. “COFA nations have contributed greatly to our nation’s security, and in return, it is our responsibility to provide for their health and well-being. It is time that the federal government lives up to its promise and allows COFA migrants to access the same affordable health programs their tax dollars support.”

Prior to the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, COFA migrants were eligible for federal health programs, including Medicaid. That changed in 1996 when they were rendered not eligible for federal means-tested health programs, including Medicaid. As a result, states with sizable COFA migrant populations have experienced first-hand challenges providing care for these populations, many of whom have serious chronic conditions and health disparities, including effects from nuclear test bombing in some jurisdictions. Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma have COFA migrant populations exceeding 1,000 and have borne the cost of providing care for these populations, in the absence of federal support.

The Pacific jurisdictions strengthen our national security by securing exclusive access to important Pacific waters since World War II. Reinstating Medicaid eligibility would fulfill the federal government’s responsibilities under the Compacts and give states the resources to care for these Pacific Islander populations.

Sen. Hirono’s and Rep. Gabbard’s companion bills build on long-standing support in Congress to correct the 1996 error and restore Medicaid coverage to COFA migrants.

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May 12 (2 days ago)

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Mahalo,
auntie Jessie

                         

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bills Would Uphold America’s Commitment to Pacific Jurisdictions by Restoring Medicaid

APIAHF Supports Legislation to Restore Medicaid Eligibility to COFA Migrants

May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Today, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) released the following statement in support of legislation introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono (HI) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI) to restore Medicaid eligibility for Compacts of Free Association (COFA) migrants. More than 56,000 COFA migrants from the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau work and reside in the U.S., but are unjustly barred from federal health care programs.

“Congressional action is needed because, quite simply, the federal government has not kept its treaty agreements,” said Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF president and CEO. “COFA nations have contributed greatly to our nation’s security, and in return, it is our responsibility to provide for their health and well-being. It is time that the federal government lives up to its promise and allows COFA migrants to access the same affordable health programs their tax dollars support.”

Prior to the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, COFA migrants were eligible for federal health programs, including Medicaid. That changed in 1996 when they were rendered not eligible for federal means-tested health programs, including Medicaid. As a result, states with sizable COFA migrant populations have experienced first-hand challenges providing care for these populations, many of whom have serious chronic conditions and health disparities, including effects from nuclear test bombing in some jurisdictions. Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Oklahoma have COFA migrant populations exceeding 1,000 and have borne the cost of providing care for these populations, in the absence of federal support.

The Pacific jurisdictions strengthen our national security by securing exclusive access to important Pacific waters since World War II. Reinstating Medicaid eligibility would fulfill the federal government’s responsibilities under the Compacts and give states the resources to care for these Pacific Islander populations.

Sen. Hirono’s and Rep. Gabbard’s companion bills build on long-standing support in Congress to correct the 1996 error and restore Medicaid coverage to COFA migrants.

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KRHCAI sends three to attend HCF Leadership Conference on O’ahu

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Theresa, Jessie and Heanu 2015Theresa Richardson,Office Manager, Jessie Marques , Executive Director/Program Coordinator and Heanu Grace, KRHCAI Board of Director and secretary attended the Hawaii Community Foundation leadership conference on Oahu at Hawaii Convention Center.

KRHCAI 2015-2016 Board of Directors elected at its 18th Annual Conference & General Membership meeting recently

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At its18th Annual Conference & General Membership meeting held on  March 27, 2015, the following 2015-2016 Board of Directors were elected:

2015 2016 KRHCAI BOD