Health & Wellness


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On behalf of Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc. board of directors and I, words cannot express what an honor and pleasure it is to be a part of Kau’s FINEST Network of Community Resources and volunteers, i.e. Bay Clinic Inc. , Ka’u Hospital & Rural Health Clinic, Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi, Hawaii County Mayor Roth’s Administration, Civil Defense, Parks & Recreation, Ka’u Police Dept., DOH/Hawaii District Health Office, Hilo Medical Center, and Coordinated Services. We especially thank the Kupuna, caregivers and families for your commitment “To Do What It Takes To Keep Ka’u Healthy” . We look forward to seeing everyone at the next Covid 19 Vaccine Clinic!

Kupuna came from Oceanview, Naalehu, Pahala and Volcano. Comments included “all the staff, volunteers and vendors were respectful kind, courteous, patient, friendly, sincere and professional”. Everyone said they looking to return for the next Covid 19 Vaccine and will share their positive experience with friends, family, neighbors and community.
Warmest Mahalo Nui Loa,
Auntie Jessie

Spread JOY, not COVID-19

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Bay Clinic, Inc.
Pahoa Family Health Center
P.O. Box 1455
Pāhoa, HI 96778
Phone: 808-333-3600
Fax: 808-965-6240
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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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Music, comedy and important messages for all of our Pacific Island communities.  Tune in!


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
Instagram: @hawaiinextgen
TikTok: @nextgenhawaii
Twitter: @GenHawaii
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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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.

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.