Great news Ho’owaiwai Networkers!
After years of collective work by the Ho’owaiwai Network and its supporters, the Governor recently signed HB 868 into law, which eliminates the asset test for recipients of benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program! We are only the 7th state to do so!
In preparation for a larger press release to celebrate the efforts of the Ho’owaiwai Network, we wanted to see if any of our partner organizations is interested in contributing to the documentation of this huge, huge achievement. We are generally looking for the following:
A client or family you have worked with who will directly benefit from the passing of this legislation and is willing to share their story
Stories from your own organizations around the efforts you have put in to ensure the passing of this legislation.
Any other related story!
If you are interested, please contact Brent Kakesako, Chief Operating Officer of the Hawai’i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) via email (email@example.com) or phone (808-550-2661) by Friday, May 10.
Mahalo for all of your efforts to build assets of families across Hawai’i to increase their self-sufficiency and control over their daily lives!
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Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 3 deaths in the country. Million Hearts™ is a national initiative that has set an ambitious goal to prevention 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The impact will be even greater over time.
Million Hearts™ aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:
- Improving access to effective care.
- Improving the quality of care for the ABCS.
- Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
- Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
- Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.
The Million Hearts™ initiative will focus, coordinate, and enhance cardiovascular disease prevention activities across the public and private sectors in an unprecedented effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years and demonstrate to the American people that improving the health system can save lives. Million Hearts™ will scale-up proven clinical and community strategies to prevent heart disease and stroke across the nation.
Million Hearts™ brings together existing efforts and new programs to improve health across communities and help Americans live longer, healthier, more productive lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are the co-leaders of Million Hearts™ within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working alongside other federal agencies including the Administration for Community Living, National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Key private-sector partners include the American Heart Association, and YMCA, among many others.
- Million Hearts™ Fact Sheet [PDF-1M]
- New Million Hearts™ Tools Announced by Partners [PDF-234K]
Press release issued on 11/03/2011 about new Million Hearts™ tools.
- Million Hearts™: Strategies to Reduce the Prevalence of Leading Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Learn about the science of Million Hearts™.
- The American Heart Association and the Million Hearts™ Initiative: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association [PDF-286K]
American Heart Association
- The “Million Hearts™” Initiative—Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes
New England Journal of Medicine
- New Public-Private Sector Initiative Aims to Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks and Strokes in Five Years [PDF-132K]
Press release issued 09/13/2011
FDIC Features Consumer Tips on Hot Topics for National Consumer Protection Week
Other FDIC resources for consumers also highlighted
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jay Rosenstein (202) 898-7303
- How to shop for an auto loan;
- Advice on borrowing money to pay for college;
- How long to keep documents such as bank statements and credit card bills; and
- Tips for managing a mortgage.
The FDIC’s Greatest Hits: Some of Our Most Popular Articles for Consumers
There are good reasons to hang on to financial documents such as receipts, bank statements and credit card bills, but how long should you keep them?
Internet commerce is fast and convenient, but it pays to take precautions.
If you’ve found records of an old bank account, certificate of deposit (CD) or safe deposit box, here are tips to help you research and perhaps recover something valuable.
Your credit report plays a large role in determining whether you’ll be approved for a loan, insurance or an apartment. So, it’s important to know what’s on your credit reports and how to rebuild your credit history after a financial setback.
These CDs have the potential to earn more than traditional, fixed-rate CDs, but there are questions you should ask before you purchase one.
The cost of higher education continues to go up, as does the debt students and caregivers often take on to finance it. Here are tips to avoid debt overload.
Take this self-test to help you decide which bank account is best for you.
An auto loan is a big expense for most people, so research your options before committing to a loan for a car purchase.
Many consumers use debit, credit and prepaid cards interchangeably, but they are quite different in how they work and the consumer protections available. Be sure to know the differences before you use them. http://assetshawaii.org/r/C/NjE0NA/MTM4/0/0/a3JoY2FpQHlhaG9vLmNvbQ/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5mZGljLmdvdi9jb25zdW1lcnMvY29uc3VtZXIvbmV3cy9jbnN1bTEyL3BheW1lbnRjYXJkcy5odG1sIyEjIQ
Purchasing a home is a huge financial undertaking, so it’s important to carefully manage your mortgage. Here are some tips.
Kau Rural Health Community Association, Inc. board of directors is proud to announce that funding to support the “Ka’u Rural Health Academy” Program, a demonstration project that focuses on health, education, research opportunities and economic sustainability was provided by the HMSA Foundation.
Jessie Marques president states that the program will 1) provide and promote health education / prevention: Health & Wellness education; 2) establish a Youth Mentoring Program that fosters health career pathways, education, training and employment opportunities; and 3) introduce consumers to the use of health information and technology in the healthcare industry. The project is slated to begin March 2013 and is open to the general public.
Applications are now being taken for Office Manager and Program Assistant. Interested applicants can mail Resume to: KRHCAI P.O. Box 878 Pahala, HI 96777. Deadline for application is Monday January 21, 2013.
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Fiscal Cliff Compromise Averts Tax Hikes and Delays Major Federal
Health and safety net programs remain on the chopping block.
WASHINGTON—The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) is encouraged that Congressional leaders and the administration were able to reach a compromise to avert the “fiscal cliff,” but urges lawmakers to work expeditiously on an agreement to reduce the debt through balanced spending reductions and tax increases before March 2013.
The last-minute deal maintains tax cuts for the middle class and temporarily extends unemployment insurance, both of which are especially important for low- and middle-income Americans struggling in the weakened economy. But, the agreement merely delays the automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, for two months, setting the stage for continuing budget battles.
“We are pleased that Congressional leaders and President Obama came together on a compromise that protects middle-class Americans. We remain concerned, however, that the major spending cuts called for under sequestration threaten the nation’s public health infrastructure,” said Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF president and CEO. “Sequestration must be addressed through a balanced solution that combines spending cuts with revenue raises and protects critical health programs.”
Sequestration calls for an over 8 percent reduction in federal discretionary spending, coming at a time when major federal health initiatives, including health care reform implementation, are underway. While funding for Medicaid, health care reform and other critical safety net programs are largely protected under the sequester, these initiatives will likely be targets for significant cuts as Congressional leaders work on a more permanent solution in the coming weeks.
APIAHF is closely monitoring fiscal and budget negotiations and remains committed to ensuring that public health funding, safety net programs and funding for health care reform implementation are fully protected.
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Learn more at http://www.apiahf.org/.