Ka’u Rural Health Community Association awarded HMSA Foundation Grant
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.
Fiscal Cliff Compromise Averts Tax Hikes and Delays Major Federal Spending Cuts
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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/.
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Recent HHS Medicaid Decision Offers Important Protections for AAs and NHPIs
On Dec. 11, tell Congress: No benefit cuts for seniors!
Please join NCOA and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations for:
No Benefit Cuts for Seniors! Fiscal Cliff Call-In Day: Tuesday, Dec. 11
Medicare, Medicaid, the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), the Older Americans Act, Section 202 housing, energy assistance, and more are at serious risk in the budget negotiations now happening in Washington. The recent proposal from House Republican leaders would cut all of these programs. See what’s at stake.
Congress needs to hear from you why these programs must be protected for millions of older Americans, workers, and families in need!
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, please call toll-free 888-876-6242 (line provided by Families USA) and tell your members of Congress:
- Reduce the deficit through a balanced approach without increasing poverty or income inequality
- No benefit cuts to Medicare or Medicaid or shifting costs onto beneficiaries
- No cuts to Social Security COLAs
- No additional cuts in Older Americans Act and other domestic discretionary programs below the current caps
- Include increases in revenue so the wealthy pay their fair share
Any budget agreement should have the overarching goal of building economic security for older Americans and their families, strengthening the middle class, and promoting job growth.
Then amplify your voice!
- Share this alert with your friends and colleagues.
- Tell a story of a senior threatened by cuts.
- Contact your Representatives and Senators via Twitter or Facebook using the #seniors hashtag.
Thanks for your support!
Tour boat captures spectacular images of Big Island lava
KILAUEA VOLCANO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) –
For the first time in nearly a year, lava is entering the ocean from Kilauea volcano, and Hawaii News Now has spectacular new video of the rare event.
Lava Ocean Tours says the lava has been entering the ocean daily since it first began again in November. The Big Island tour company shared this video, which was shot over a three day period in early December. It shows lava cascading off 40 foot cliffs into the ocean.
“We have ramped up our tours and are seeing a huge increase in the number of people booking trips,” said Shane Turpin of Lava Ocean Tours. “We have seen people from all over the world, even Hollywood actors, people from the Weather Channel and professional photographers.”
Bryan Arthur, a guide with Lava Ocean Tours, says, “We have four boats heading out this Wednesday and Friday. In fact we added two additional boats because everyone wants to see the lava. The sunrise tour is phenomenal. It’s the best tour for taking photos.”
The flow is considered dangerous, and visitors are warned to observe only from approved safe distances.
There are regulations involved with these lava boat tours.
“All of our boats are Coast Guard inspected and state permitted, but there are some operators out there who are not permitted,” said Turpin.
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says Kilauea, which has been erupting continuously since January 1983, has seen an increase in pressure recently. The increase also resulted in a rise in the lava lake inside a vent at the Halemaumau crater in the Kilauea caldera.
Scientists are not sure how long the lava will keep flowing into the ocean this time around.
~reposted from: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/20260642/tour-boat-captures-spectacular-images-of-big-island-lava
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