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5 Things Hawaii: Med-QUEST amendments, Early Bird Registration, Q&A w/ Heather Lusk

| Oct 7, 2021 | Hawaii

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will be in person at our 2022 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference this year. I think things are moving in the right direction and once kiddos can get vaccinated, I know a number of folks will be even more comfortable. Vaccinations...[ Read More ]

How Hawaii can build a better behavioral health and substance use network of care, according to experts

| Oct 6, 2021 | Hawaii

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has opened conversations about improving behavioral health across the nation, and the importance of creating robust, communicative systems of care. In Hawaii, the state’s unique geography and cultural demographics have led to the development of a diverse network of behavioral health services. State of Reform spoke...[ Read More ]

DOH authorizes Pfizer booster doses, prioritizes first shots and Kupuna

| Sep 29, 2021 | Hawaii

The Hawai‘i Department of Health is issuing prioritization guidelines for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in order to implement the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations on COVID-19 booster doses. First and second doses should have priority over any booster doses. The best way to protect Hawai‘i families and...[ Read More ]

Hawaii hospitals are making “hard decisions” due to COVID surge and limited resources

| Sep 24, 2021 | Hawaii

The COVID-19 case surge from the Delta variant has kept Hawaii weeks away from reaching a “crisis point.” Leaders from the Department of Health and Healthcare Association of Hawaii said the state is relying on resources from the mainland, such as oxygen tanks and additional health care personnel, to keep...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ HHHRC Director Heather Lusk on harm reduction in Hawai‘i

| Sep 23, 2021 | Hawaii

Heather Lusk is the executive director of the Hawai‘i Health and Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC). HHHRC has stayed open throughout the pandemic, serving communities at the intersection of houselessness, chronic diseases such as HIV, and behavioral health and substance use. In this Q&A, Lusk speaks on how HHHRC was able...[ Read More ]

Four Med-QUEST state plan amendments accepting public comment

| Sep 16, 2021 | Hawaii

Four new amendments to the Hawai‘i Medicaid State Plan are accepting public comment until early October. Med-QUEST administrator Judy Mohr Peterson presented the amendments to the Med-QUEST Health Care Advisory Committee for review on Wednesday. Committee members included Dr. Elizabeth Char, Director of the Hawai‘i Department of Health, Dr. Ron...[ Read More ]

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