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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 ]

A look at Hawaii's underfunded meth epidemic

| Sep 15, 2021 | Hawaii

Discussions on substance use disorder in Hawaii have become more prevalent, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advocates are focusing particularly on opioid use, and ways to reduce stigma and overdose among Hawaii residents. However, one Oahu doctor says the same focus should be spent on Hawaii’s methamphetamine epidemic.     ...[ Read More ]

Hawaii's incarcerated population 5.5 times more likely to die of COVID-19, report finds

| Sep 10, 2021 | Hawaii

Hawaii’s COVID-19 response for incarcerated people ranks 45th out of 50 states, according to a report the Prison Policy Initiative released last week — using data up until July 2021. Hawaii scored 125 points on a 445-point scale, and received a failing grade from the report.      The Corrections...[ Read More ]

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