Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai’i COVID-19 3R Team Updates – November 20, 2020

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The Hawaii Department of Health updates Race data each Friday at 12:00 PM.
Note: No Race (Ethnicity) Data for 24% of all confirmed cases.

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Discipline – Unite Against COVID
Where federal funds are going in Hawai’i
Source: Hawai’i Data Collaborative
Updated as of November 16, 2020
Child Care Stimulus Grant Program in Hawai’i
In-Language Reopening Strategy Documents

Hawai’i DOH – Safe Gatherings Guide
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Hiring Bilingual Helpline Specialists.  Seeking qualified people, who can work in-office as a Helpline Specialist in any of the following languages: Chuukese, Marshallese, Kosraean, Yapese, Pohnpeian, Palauan, or Samoan.
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Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Community Influencers

Vacancy Announcements for Medical and Public Health Surge Responders for the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ministry of Health and Human Services, Oct 30, 2020

State of Hawai’i – Holidays and COVID-19 Guide

What is the burden of COVID-19 on
Pacific Island and Native Hawaiian communities
in Hawai’i?

The Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai’i COVID-19 Response, Recovery & Reslilience Team (NHPI 3R) was established in May 2020, in alignment with the national NHPI Response Team, to improve the collection and reporting of accurate data, identify and lend support to initiatives across the Hawaiian Islands working to address COVID-19 among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and unify to establish a presence in the decision-making processes and policies that impact our communities.  More than 40 agencies, organizations and departments comprise this NHPI 3R Team.


  • Testing, Tracing & Isolation             Mondays, 2 – 4 PM
  • Policy                                               Mondays, 4 – 6 PM
  • Social Support/Recovery                Tuesdays, 12 – 2 PM
  • Communications                             Thursdays, 12:45 – 2 PM
  • Data & Research                             Fridays, 10 AM – 12 PM

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Peace for Everyone

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This Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. on KHON2

Watch the show! Enjoy the 1-hour program on KHON2, hosted by Tannya Joaquin and John Veneri. “Peace for Everyone” is a virtual fundraiser to make up for 2020 fundraising cancelled due to COVID-19. It’s a special evening of learning, sharing and healing.

Domestic Violence Action Center | PO Box 3198, Honolulu, HI 96801

Aloha Connects Innovation (ACI)

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From: Pono Shim <>
Date: September 20, 2020 at 10:30:10 AM HST

Aloha mai kakou,  

For the past 3 months we (Economic Development Alliance of Hawaii, skilled consultants, and program designer Omar Sultan) have been working on a program to work with the State of Hawaii to use Cares Act Funding to assist displaced workers or individuals who have been significantly affected financially by COVID 19. This past week with the signing of the contract the Governor issued the Press Release with the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism.  

The State’s program funding will help 350 participants to be placed in Host Companies who have the ability and need to host, train, and support a couple of participants in their organizations thru a paid internship thru December 15th. We know that we cannot help the thousands of individuals suffering thru the pandemic and that there are more businesses that would like to participate then we can onboard. However, we strongly recommend and hope that you will register as either a “Participant” or “Host Company” (if you can support a couple of interns and are aligned with the objectives/compliance of the program).  

Please visit and click on Aloha Connects Innovation “learn more” tab. When you enter the page please select either Participant or Host Company based on your interest and review the information. When you get to the bottom of the page you can select “learn more” to be a Participant (you can register there) or if you’re desiring to be a Host Company you can select “register”. We should be following up with you within the week.  

To reiterate we know we cannot assist all (including companies who would like to Host participants) in being placed in ACI but please don’t be discouraged. If more funding is released thru Congress and subsequently our local Government we believe that we have designed infrastructure for more funding to be invested to help more people discover new career opportunities and skills for their future thru ACI.  

To that point we would love the opportunity to train/prepare displaced workers to position themselves for these types of opportunities regardless if they get placed or not. In a partnership with Microsoft and my Higher Skills Academy training we have opened up training that we begin every 2 weeks for free. We also know that thru these trainings we are opening relationships with ourselves with the hope that these relationships can be helpful to your future. If this is of value to you please register here:

Friday, October 2, 2020 10:00 AM Hawaii – Higher Skills Academy

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   Another free training (thru the end of the 2020 year) you can immediately register thru the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation website for over 3800 courses thru the Coursera online learning platform.  

If the menu options are too vast and you don’t know where to begin or choose and would like assistance in considering career opportunities and what pathway you might consider we are hosting a free “Choosing a Path” webinar on September 28 at noon please register here:

Monday, September 28, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Hawaii –
“Choosing a Path” Webinar

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please feel free to share this message with others.  

Mahalo nui loa,
Pono Shim Oahu Economic Development Board

 Additional Higher Skills Academy registration dates will be posted on the OEDB websiteat as the information becomes available.

Hands-on telemedicine; Hope Services Street Medicine program assists homeless with health care during pandemic

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(from Hawaii Tribune, Saturday, September 5, 2020, 12:05 a.m.)

At every level of society, people experience barriers to accessing health care.

For people experiencing homelessness, each barrier is amplified by the daily struggle to survive. Having to make choices between going to the doctor or risking their possessions being stolen, spending money on food or medicine or simply having lost faith in health care because of previous negative experiences, these challenges seem insurmountable.

According to the American Medical Association, “marginalized and minoritized patients have and will suffer disproportionately during the COVID-19 crisis due to the inequities in society perpetuated by systematic practices.”

Telemedicine has proven to be a viable, cost-effective solution that improves access to health care. And telemedicine use has skyrocketed during the pandemic.

Prior to COVID-19, there were an average of 13,000 Medicare beneficiaries receiving telemedicine per month. To date, more than 10 million Medicare beneficiaries have received telemedicine during this public health emergency.

Hope Services Hawaii’s Street Medicine was developed in May 2019 with the objective of reducing inequities and barriers.

Each Wednesday night, a team of dedicated active and retired health care professionals canvass the streets, encampments and emergency shelters of Hilo to connect with people.

Outreach specialists, registered nurses, medical doctors, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and paramedics provide emergency nutrition, hygiene, first-aid kits, masks, hand sanitizer and health care education. They clean and bandage festering wounds, remove sutures, provide comprehensive medical assessments, conduct COVID-19 screening and testing, schedule medical appointments and transportation, facilitate emergency case management, facilitate entry to detox and rehab and assist in emergency shelter placement.

When a medical doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant is present, prescriptions are called in, picked up, paid for and delivered to the patient — sometimes all in the course of an hour.

On the nights when the team is without one of those providers, they’ve used telemedicine, and realized the world of potential it offers to those on the street.

In partnership with Premier Medical Group, the team can connect with a physician on a smartphone and facilitate a patient assessment right there on the street. The patient can benefit from this by having a prescription called in, receiving a specialty referral, obtaining a note to their primary doctor or scheduling a face-to-face follow-up visit by the telemedicine physician the next day.

During a time when the homeless face monumental barriers, street telemedicine is an innovative technological solution helping address health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic.

To date, the team has been on 67 missions, seen more than 400 patients and helped avoid countless emergency room visits by treating preventable maladies before they become emergencies.

Unfortunately, the team does not have the funding or manpower to deliver care beyond Wednesday nights, but members hope these encounters are the first step toward nurturing meaningful relationships between the health care and houseless communities.

The Street Medicine team is excited about the power of telemedicine and is working with Community First and the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center in pursuit of funding for dedicated telehealth access points for the Big Island’s homeless.

When programs such as these are funded, barriers become surmountable, inequities become less stark and patients become healthier.

The Street Medicine program is made up of Hope Services staff and community volunteers and works under the medical direction of Premier Medical Group, with support from Bay Clinic, Clinical Labs of Hawaii and HMSA.


Sexual Violence Prevention Webinar

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Sponsored by:
The Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC)
A program of Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children

Join us for a webinar designed for high school and college students, as well as parents wanting to be informed. Through the viewing and discussion of “SHOTS” a short film developed by the SATC and the Hawai‘i Coalition Against Sexual Assault, we’ll bring this high-risk intersection to life for you. Learn what contributes to the danger, and what can be done to reduce risk.

Click here to register for July 23 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Click here to register for July 30 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Click here to register for August 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Click here to register for August 13 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Rural Health Surge Readiness Web Portal

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We know rural health care faces unique challenges in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group (HRWG) has developed the Rural Health Surge Readiness web portal, a collection of essential rural health care resources, tools, and training that health care workers and organizations – including EMS & 911, inpatient & hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care – can utilize to prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

This one-stop shop for rural health care lets users quickly find the information they need to prepare for or respond to surge events, navigate financial challenges related to the pandemic, and can enhance their capacity and capability to provide lifesaving care to Americans who live in rural areas across the country.

Check out the portal
For more information, contact the Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group.

COVID-19 PHA Webinar: Clusters & Case Counts: Surviving the Second Wave with Lt. Gov. Josh Green

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August 5th Presenter will be Lieutenant Governor, Josh Green, MD.

With the rapid changes regarding COVID-19, it can be difficult to stay up to date with all that is happening in our islands. The Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) will be offering a series of webinars on the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.

After working hard to get our recorded cases down, how concerning are Hawaiiʻs current spikes in COVID-19 cases?

Find out what this means for our state and how we should be responding in our second update from Lieutenant Governor Josh Green.

COVID19 – Ka‘u Community Meeting

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13 July 2020

Video Recording of Meeting: (1hr 39m)


DATE:     MONDAY   JULY 13, 2020
                                      (next to Fire Station)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Wearing of Mask and Social Distancing  is required.
To remain in  compliance to Hawaii State Covid 19 Mandates, seating is limited, attendance is based on “First-Come-First-Serve”.

Email or Call the Ka’u Resource & Distance Learning Center at 928-0101 for ZOOM connectivity information.

                COME  JOIN  US  AND “TALK STORY”  WITH: