Better Choices, Better Health Ke Ola Pono

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Hawaiʻi County Office on Aging is now offering  a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshop called “Better Choices, Better Health Ke Ola Pono”:

BCBH Brochure May 2012 Web

Register for “Working With The Media To End Child Sexual Abuse” Web Conference

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Ending Child Sexual Abuse
web conference series
Prevent Connect Ms. Foundation for Women
Working with the Media
to End Child Sexual Abuse

Media plays a powerful role in the public and policy leaders understanding of the problem and of potential solutions. Studies related to the coverage of child sexual abuse and its prevention from both Berkley Media Studies Group and Frameworks Institute will be discussed along with the implications for prevention strategies.This session is a must see for anyone who is frustrated with the way the media portrays child sexual abuse and wants to know how we can do this differently.

Thurs., June 7, 2012
This ninety-minute (90 min) session will start at
2 PM Eastern Standard
(1 PM Central, Noon Mountain, 11 AM Pacific, 10 AM Alaska, 8 AM Hawai’i).
Click Here to Register
Please register as these sessions fill quickly.
Moira O’Neil Pam Mejia Sponsor: Ms. Foundation for WomenHosts: Joan Tabachnick and Cordelia Anderson Speakers:

Cost: FreeLearning Objectives:

  • Describe how the media affects perceptions of the problem and solutions.
  • Describe key points of research on media from BMSG & Frameworks.
  • Identify three actions organizations can take to integrate strategies identified.

This web conference is the second in a series of nine web conferences on Ending Child Sexual Abuse that will be offered in 2012. Please see the materials and recording of the previous web conference “Including Efforts to End Child Sexual Abuse within the Sexual Violence Prevention Movement.”

What is a Web Conference?
A web conference is an opportunity to attend an online workshop by watching a presentation on your computer screen (using your internet connection) and hearing presenters through your telephone. Prevent Connect web conferences feature an opportunity to participate in online question & answer sessions and live text chat between participants. If for some reason you are unable to join on your computer, you can download the presentation slides from our website and listen on your phone.

Real-Time Captioning Available: Instructions for accessing captioning during this web conference will be provided with your registration confirmation.

Compatibility: The iLinc web conference software used by Prevent Connect is compatible with both Microsoft® Windows® and Apple® Macintosh® computers. Click here for detailed system requirements.

Goals of the web conference series
1. Raise the visibility and level of dialogue about child sexual abuse within the larger prevention community. 2. Build new communities that care deeply about this issue and engage them in the movement to end child sexual abuse. 3. Increase the level of knowledge, resources and strategic action aimed at ending child sexual abuse.
with PreventConnect

Ms. Foundation
Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Conference Series is collaborative project of the Ms. Foundation for Women and PreventConnect (a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault [CALCASA]). The views and information provided in in this web conference do not necessarily represent the official views of the Ms. Foundation or CALCASA.
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Join this prevention community at the Yahoo! Groups Website.You can also join via email by sending a blank message to:

Ho’owaiwai Network- Hawai’i Island: “We want to know more about your programs!”

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Aloha Ho’owaiwai Network- Hawai’i Island!
I hope your week is off to a good start!
If you are part of an organization or program that offers direct services to low income individuals and families, please click here to complete the Resources Match pilot survey to gather general eligibility info on your program. For those organizations or program managers/coordinators who have already spoken with someone about the Resources Match pilot on Hawai’i Island- we thank you for taking the time!!
It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us make sure more Hawai’i Island families are reaching the resources they are eligible to receive.
**If this does not apply to you, please feel free to forward to any agency or program on Hawai’i Island that offers direct services to individuals and families in need so that we may gather a more complete list of resources available to Hawai’i island families and communities.
Mahalo nui loa & have a great week!!
–The Ho’owaiwai Network
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail or call (808) 550-2661.

Have you registered for the Family Financial Empowerment yet?! Click here to find out more!! Hurry! Registration ends June 8th.

A Great Summer Opportunity For Teens!

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HMSA’s Online Care is now available at the Ka‘u Resource and Distance Learning Center in Pahala!

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All Ka’u residents can come to the Resource and Distance Learning Center in Pahala from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to connect to an HMSA doctor  online via video conference or by phone!

Our trained staff will provide the equipment and any assistance needed to get you online to discuss your symptoms and treatment options with a doctor securely and privately.

To schedule an Online Care appointment with a doctor, call the Ka‘u Resource and Distance Learning Center at (808) 928-0101.

Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 12p.m.

Online doctor conversations are available by appointment only and walk-ins are welcome for registration.

96-3126 Puahala St., Pahala, HI

(located one street in front of the Pahala Library)

KRHCAI’s First Annual Floating Lantern Ceremony

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On Saturday, November 26, 2011, Ka`u Rural Health Community Association, Inc. in partnership with The American Cancer Society and HMSA,  hosted its first annual Ka`u Community Floating Lantern Ceremony at Punalu`u Black Sands Beach Park.

Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko Group

Soka Gakkai International
Kahu Kimo Awai, Hilo Chapter Youth and Women’s Division

Providing entertainment by Taiko drummers, hula dancers, and musicians, the free event was an opportunity for Ka`u residents to come together to honor the past, present and future generations.

Following a potluck lunch, the different families experienced a camaraderie as they worked alongside each other to create and decorate their choice of lotus blossom or box-style floating lanterns  to celebrate their own loved ones.

Family members gathered at the water’s edge near sunset and, accompanied by the music of guest singer Keoki Kahumoku, set their lanterns afloat on the surface of Medicine Pond.

Dusk brought with it a sense of peace gently illuminated by the light of a sea of lanterns crafted out of love, as people reflected on the lives and memories of their friends and loved ones.

KRHCAI Hosts HMSA Online Care

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A two-hour road trip to the Hilo Medical Center or Kona Community Hospital, the search for a good parking space, and twiddling your thumbs in a room full of sick people are all about to become things of the past. That’s because Ka‘u Rural Health Community Association’s (KRHCAI) Health and Wellness Partnership with the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) is promoting a pilot project to help Ka‘u residents receive better access to health care.

The pilot project will make HMSA’s Online Care available for all Ka‘u residents. Residents can use computers at the Ka‘u Resource and Distance Learning Center in Pahala Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon by appointment. With the use of laptops, appointments can be made for outreach to residents in Oceanview, Naalehu, Discovery Harbor, Pahala, and Wood Valley. Program staff members have been trained to help residents through the use of tele-health technology, where patients get real-time medical and health advice from HMSA credentialed physicians or other health care providers.

HMSA’s Online Care provides fast and easy access to participating health care providers from across the state. With the click of a mouse, HMSA members and nonmembers in Ka‘u will have:

Immediate access to a variety of specialists, securely and privately.
The convenience of having live interaction with a health care provider online or by phone.
A choice of doctors based on criteria such as specialty, language, or gender.
Health Information in one place.
Quality care from rated providers who can recommend treatment and write prescriptions online.
Continuity of care with the ability to send detailed care reports to their primary care doctor or another care coordinator.

The Ka‘u-HMSA Online Connection team is led by program manager “Auntie” Jessie Marques, office manager Theresa Richardson, and program assistant Rochele Gacayan. The goal is to increase awareness about alternative access to health care in part of Hawaii Island’s rural, underserved, and geographically isolated community. “Once people become more familiar with HMSA’s Online Care, we hope to build the capacity of community engagement, through health education and prevention,” says Auntie Jessie.

For questions or more information about the HMSA Online Connection Pilot Project, call the Ka‘u Resource and Distance Learning Center at (808) 928-0101.

HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit association founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

To learn more about HMSA Online Care, visit: