Partnerships & Programs

Hawaiʻi Health Connector Awarded Conditional Approval

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Hawaiʻi State Rural Health Association Newsletter

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The Hawai‘i Health Connector

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Aloha from Hawai‘i Island!
The Hawai‘i Health Connector Outreach Team is on Hawai‘i Island talking story about the health insurance exchange. The Team met with Hawaiʻi County Mayor Billy Kenoi to apprise him on the progress of the Connector.
Monday started off with an early morning presentation to the Workforce Development Board where Executive Director Coral Andrews introduced the Connector and answered some excellent questions.
Michael Gleason, a Connector Board member and Community Outreach Committee Chair, was the perfect host on day one. The day concluded with a visit to The Arc of Hilo, Keaʻau, Fern Forest, Hawaiian Beaches, Eden Roc, Pāhoa and Hawaiian Paradise Park, the second largest subdivision in the United States.
The Connector Outreach Team will be on Hawai‘i Island through Wednesday to meet with community health center directors and County Council members. The Team is also seeking out hard-to-reach populations to identify where outreach efforts will need increased focus. The outreach meetings aim to provide accurate, helpful information and build lasting relationships with community members.
The Connector Outreach Team is committed to introducing itself throughout the state by the end of the year. The Hawai‘i Island visit marks the second effort to establish a Connector presence state-wide, following Kaua‘i.
If you would like to meet with the Connector Outreach Team please visit the website, or submit a request to
Consumer Advisory Committee
The Community Outreach Team is currently receiving applications for participation on the Consumer Advisory Committee. The Consumer Advisory Committee will represent a wide variety of consumer and employer interests, including:
(a) Individuals and Small Businesses who will purchase health plans through the Connector;
(b) Diverse populations throughout the state; and
(c) Organizations that help individuals to enroll in health plans through the Connector, including insurance providers and advocates for hard-to-reach populations.
Members who serve on this committee will represent small businesses and consumers statewide and will participate in strategic outreach initiatives.
If you are interested in serving on the Committee or know of someone, complete the attached application and submit it to no later than Friday, August 31, 2012. (For application, click here)
Note: Hawaiian diacritical marks used in this newsletter may not be compatible with all computer platforms, browsers, etc. Click here for a PDF version of this eNews.

Hawai‘i Health Connector  P.O. Box 3767 Honolulu HI 96812

Vickie Crosby, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

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Vickie attended Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona to obtain her BSN, then on to Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon to earn a Masters as Family Nurse Practitioner.  She is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, where she was recently awarded the Hawaii State Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for 2012 for  outstanding clinical practice.

Vickie, along with her husband Rick, own and operate the Ocean View Family Health Clinic since 2006.  This is a full service family practice where she has served as a Primary Care Provider since 2006 for many patients in the ocean view and surrounding areas.  She is currently serving as Vice President for the Ka’u Rural Health Community Association, Inc.

CancerCare E-News

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800-813-HOPE (4673)
June 2012
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 In This Issue…

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Online Support Groups

CancerCare’s online support groups connect people coping with cancer with others who are facing a similar situation. All online support groups are led by professional oncology social workers and are password-protected.
We offer over 20 online support groups, including a brain tumor caregiver support group and Healing with Words, a therapeutic writing group for people currently in treatment or who have completed treatment within the last two years.

What’s New

Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award

CancerCare’s Director of Education and Training, Carolyn Messner, DSW, has been named Oncology Social Worker of the Year by the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW).
For four decades, Carolyn has presented and published on the emotional and practical impact of cancer on patients, caregivers, and families. Among Carolyn’s many roles, she is an instructor at Hunter College, and serves as longtime director of CancerCare’s Connect Education Workshops, our one-hour telephone and online workshops featuring the world’s leading cancer experts, who present on a wide-range of cancer-related topics. Past workshops can be listened to over the telephone at any time, and are also available as podcasts.

Managing Cancer

Caregiving Resources

We’ve created two new fact sheets that provide helpful information about caring for a loved one with cancer. Read our fact sheets online, “Coping with the Stress of Caregiving” and “Managing the Practical Concerns of Your Loved One’s Diagnosis,” or order free copies today.
Are you caring for a loved one with cancer in the New York City area? CancerCare will host a free workshop for caregivers at our national office on Monday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Ask CancerCare

Our experts address your questions on a specific cancer topic each month. During June, submit your question to our expert about coping with thyroid cancer.

Connect with Us

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Annual Spring Gala

CancerCare’s Annual Spring Gala honors individuals and corporations that support our mission to help people coping with cancer. This year, we honor actress and longtime CancerCare advocate S. Epatha Merkerson, best known for her portrayal of Lt. Anita Van Buren on NBC’s long-running drama series, Law & Order. Oscar-winning actress and producer Whoopi Goldberg will present the Help & Hope Award to Merkerson.
Our Gala will take place June 14 at The Mandarin Oriental in New York City. To learn more, visit

Event Calendar

6/11 Taste for Hope, Garfield, NJ
6/14 Annual Spring Gala, New York, NY
6/25 ‘The Survivor’ Golf Tournament, Pleasanton, CA
7/9 Longest Day of Golf, Fairfield, CT
9/9 Walk/Run for Hope, Fairfield, CT
9/23 Walk/Run for Hope, Paramus, NJ
10/14 Walk/Run for Hope, Long Branch, NJ
11/4 Lung Cancer Walk for Hope, Woodbury, NY
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit

In Your Words

“Going through cancer treatment is a huge process. Once it ends, you’re not back to your old self the next day. Talking to [my social worker] has been so helpful in getting back into life. She makes me feel like all of my concerns are normal.”
—Alison S., CancerCare client and breast cancer survivor.
Learn more about counseling.

CancerCare Connect®

Education Workshops

Our free Connect Education Workshops give you the latest cancer information straight from leading experts. You can listen in live by telephone or online and will have a chance to ask the experts your own questions.
Workshop Calendar
6/12 New Treatment Approaches, Clinical Trials, and Making Treatment Decisions: Follicular Lymphoma
6/13 When Your Loved One Has CML: How Caregivers Can Help Improve Adherence
6/19 Changing Roles and Responsibilities for Caregivers
6/20 Progress in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer
6/21 Highlights from the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Part I
6/22 Cancer Treatments and the Risk of Blood Clots: What You Need to Know
6/26 Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma
6/27 Highlights from the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Part II
6/29 Stress Management for Caregivers: Practical Tips to Cope
Register for these workshops online, or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
Missed a Connect Workshop? Listen to past workshops as podcasts through the CancerCare website.

Support CancerCare

Gifts that Give Back!

Find the perfect Father’s Day gift by visiting! They offer a Father’s Day gift guide, and for every $5 you spend, CancerCare will receive $1 (20% of the purchase price).
Baking for Good is an online bakery dedicated to selling high quality, irresistible cookie gifts that are perfect for any occasion. For all purchases, 15% of the net proceeds will be donated to CancerCare.
And as always, you can help us continue our free, professional support services to anyone facing cancer by making a donation today.
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Disability Employment Initiative Supported Employment Class

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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”:

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