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DOH updates legislature on vaccination efforts, COVID variants

| Jul 12, 2021 | Hawaii

With Hawaii’s vaccination rate hovering just under the 60 percent benchmark Gov. Ige aimed to reach this month, the State Department of Health (DOH) recently provided an update on vaccination efforts to the Senate Committee on Health and the House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness. The briefing also addressed...[ Read More ]

5 Things Hawaii: Maternal health, Healthy Hawai'i Strategic Plan, Workforce shortages

| Jul 7, 2021 | Hawaii

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Hawaii and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies director on the future of Hawaii maternal health

| Jul 6, 2021 | Hawaii

Maternal and child health in Hawaii has declined over the past few years. A study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that low birth-weight babies and child and teen deaths per 100,000 have increased in Hawaii since 2010. Rising health disparities further inhibit strategies to reduce poor maternal health...[ Read More ]

Hawaii will expand vaccination exception travel program

Nicole Pasia | Jul 2, 2021 | Hawaii

Gov. David Ige announced starting July 8, the Hawaii vaccine exemption program will apply to Hawaii-bound travelers vaccinated in the U.S. and territories. The program will allow vaccinated travelers to bypass current testing and quarantining COVID-19 restrictions.     State guidelines say that unless they have proof of vaccination, travelers...[ Read More ]

A sustainable solution to Hawaii's physician workforce shortage

| Jun 30, 2021 | Hawaii

A combination of high living costs and inadequate reimbursement rates is driving physicians away from practicing in Hawaii. According to a 2021 Nursing Education study, three of Hawaii’s five counties--Kauai, Maui and Hawaii--are among the top 15 counties in the nation with the highest primary health care worker shortages.  Hawaii...[ Read More ]

High Hawaii child health rating offset by poor economic wellbeing

| Jun 29, 2021 | Hawaii

Hawaii ranks sixth in the nation for child health, but the state’s child economic well-being ranking plummeted from 25th to 44th in just one year, according to a study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state ranked 26th overall for child well being, a drop from 17th in the...[ Read More ]

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