Month: March 2016

Ka’u Hospital Rural Health Clinic

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Kau Hospital

Hi’ilei Aloha Free Grant Writing Workshops I & II

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Hi'ilei Grant Writing Workshops I and II

Hawaii Bans New Cesspools and Offers Upgrade Tax Credit

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March 11, 2016                                                                                                                                            16-016                        


HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) announced today that Governor David Ige has signed new Wastewater System rules that would ban new cesspools statewide. Hawaii has been the only state in the country that allows new cesspools. New cesspools are currently allowed on most of Hawaii Island and parts of Maui and Molokai, but are banned in the rest of the State. Today’s action banning new cesspools statewide would stop the addition of pollution from approximately 800 new cesspools per year.
Hawaii has about 88,000 cesspools, far more than any other state. Cesspools provide no treatment, and inject about 55 million gallons of raw sewage into Hawaii’s groundwater every day, potentially spreading diseases and harming the quality of drinking water supplies and recreational waters.
The new rules also implement a 2015 law providing a tax credit of up to $10,000 for cesspools upgraded to sewer or septic system during the next five years, limited to $5 million or about 500 cesspool upgrades per year. Under the law, owners of cesspools located within 200 feet of the ocean, streams or marsh areas, or near drinking water sources can qualify for the tax credit. DOH will be issuing forms soon for taxpayers who want to apply for the credit. Taxpayers should first establish with a contractor that their cesspool is in a location that qualifies for the credit and then keep records to show DOH and the Tax Department the amount spent on a qualifying upgrade.
The new administrative rules become effective ten days after filing with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
Deputy Director of Environmental Health Keith Kawaoka applauded the passage of the rules, and said “Today’s action protects public health and is a good first step toward eliminating water pollution from cesspools.”
Details on DOH’s proposal are available at http://health.hawaii.gov/wastewater/

Fight the Bite!

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Fight the Bite

19th Annual GM Meeting & Conference

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The Public Is Invited To

Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc.

19th Annual General Membership Meeting & Conference

Friday April 15, 2016

Pahala Community Center

8:30am – 1:30pm

“Rural Health At Work In Our Communities”


Ka’u Hospital & Rural Health Clinic

USDA – Rural Business & Development  Grant  Programs

Commission on the Status of Women

Alu Like Employment & Training Program

Community Health Workers Pilot Program

Ka’u Intermediate & High School Health Occupation Students of America

Hawaii County Office of Aging /Aging & Disabilities Resource Center



Vendors are Welcome –  Pre Registration Required

Deadline:  April 10, 2016

 For More information call: Ka’u Resource & Distance Learning Center @ 928-0101

Ka’u High & Pahala Elem HOSA Club Competes statewide

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Back row: Aislynn Carroll, Angie Miyashiro (Adv.), Jenny Mauricio, Ezra Ramones.  Front Row: Sheilla Felipe, Monica Covarrubio, Ty De SA, Travis Taylor

KA`U HIGH & PAHALA ELEMENTARY School’s Health Occupations Students of America club competed with 32 schools at the state level on O`ahu last month, and members qualified for Nationals by taking second and third places.  They team will be traveling to Nashville, Tennessee in June 2016  to compete at the Nationals.

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance delivery of quality health care to all people.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions.

Dr. Angie Miyashiro, HOSA Health Club Advisor and teacher is extremely proud of her students and welcomes any monetary donations to help defray travel expenses to attend the National competition.


KRHCAI Directors complete 2016-17 Strategic Plan

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On Feb. 29, 2016 KRHCAI board of directors met and completed their 2016-2017 Strategic Plan. Left to right: Donna Kekoa, Mahealani Taganas , BettyJo Adam , Daniel Mokiao, Jessie Marques, Delvin Navarro, Shawnette Navarro.  Missing from photo, Ashtin Karasuda, Wanda Louis and Theresa Richardson.

Strategic Plan KRHCAI 2016

Poor Dental Care Negatively Affects Health

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National Dentist’s Day 2016: How Poor Dental Care Negatively Affects Health And Well-Being

Dental care
Brushing your teeth doesn’t just keep your smile bright, but it also helps keeps you healthy. 

Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis isn’t just for aesthetic reasons — clean teeth and healthy gums are essential to health and wellness, says the World Health Organization(WHO). But it doesn’t look like everyone has gotten the memo.

According to the WHO, 60 to 90 percent of school children and nearly 100 percent of adults have dental cavities. Fifteen to 20 percent of middle-aged adults have severe periodontal (gum) disease, which is a known risk factor for tooth loss. And a recent report from theAmerican Dental Association found more than 100 million Americans fail to see a dentist each year despite the fact annual checkups can help prevent most dental diseases.

Less frequent visits to the dentist compounded with poor dental care doesn’t just lead to a ghastly oral appearance, but it adversely effects general health. Enter National Dentist’s Day. The unofficial holiday not only aims to show appreciation for dentists, but to reduce the nerves and anxiety people feel ahead of their next cleaning. For some motivation, here’s what you get when you take a trip to the dentist’s chair.

Disease prevention

Dentists can determine whether you are developing a serious disease like diabetes by just looking at your teeth, according to Delta Dental. The idea is “diabetics may experience diminished salivary flow” and a burning sensation in their mouth or tongue, which can cause tooth decay. Not to mention uncontrolled blood sugar levels can have an adverse effect on oral health, particularly gum recession or shrinkage.

It’s not just diabetes: Previous studies have shown that more than 90 percent of systemic diseases — diseases that involve many organs or the whole body — have “oral manifestations,” including bleeding gums, swollen gums, mouth ulcers, and dry mouth, Delta Dental reported. It’s also been well documented those pearly whites can be reflective of bone and mental health, as well as a person’s risk of developing dementia, stroke, and coronary heart disease.

What’s more, oral infections, such as gum disease, are thought to increase risk of preterm birthoral HPV and cancer. And yet, the care people need to prevent these diseases doesn’t start and end with the dentist.

Reduce oral bacteria

Like many areas of the body, the mouth is teeming with entire colonies of bacteria, according to Mayo Clinic. One 2005 study estimated there were m ore than 700 bacterial species in the oral cavity. You can’t see, feel or taste them, but they’re there—and while most of them are harmless, there are some species capable of causing disease.

When bad bacteria thrives in the mouth, it causes plaque build-up, cavities, and gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal disease — one of the most common oral bacteria infections. AsMedical Daily previously reported, oral infections allow bacteria to travel through the bloodstream to the heart and arteries, where it elevates cholesterol and triggers inflammation.

The WHO reported risk factors for oral diseases can include an unhealthy diet, tobacco use and harmful alcohol use; however, these vary across “geographical region, and availability and accessibility of oral health services.” WHO found oral disease and infection is an increasing probelm in low- and middle-income countries, “and in all countries, the oral disease burden is significantly higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups.”

No Plaque

Daily brushing and flossing can keep bad bacteria under control. The fluoride in toothpaste helps protect teeth from decay by removing plaque from its surface. And floss gets at the tooth decay-causing bacteria that may linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.

It’s important to do this twice a day—and not many Americans do, according to one surveythat found more than 30 percent of Americans only brush once a day. But not brushing your teeth for a second time can “start the process of a cavity…especially if your occasional forgetfulness is more frequent than you’d like to admit,” the Huffington Post reported. Already by mid-day there’s plaque on the teeth.

“In the middle of the day, [run your tongue] across your teeth right around the gum line. You’ll find something sticky or fuzzy,” ADA spokesperson Deepinder “Ruchi” Sahota, a dentist in Fremont, Calif., told HuffPo. “That’s plaque.”

Thus, the ADA’s twice-daily brushing and flossing recommendation is no joke (the exact technique is still up for debate). People should brush their teeth once after getting up in the morning and again before bedtime for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush that should be replaced every three for four months. The ADA also recommends flossing afterward to help remove plaque and food particles between the teeth and under the gum line.

Oh, and whatever you do, don’t fall for these dental care myths.

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