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What They're Watching: Torrie Fields, Votive Health

| May 1, 2023 | Hawaii

Hawaii recently implemented a first-in-the-nation community-based palliative care benefit through a state plan amendment, requiring place-based palliative care to be covered as a Medicaid benefit for Hawaiians with serious medical illnesses. We had the opportunity to catch up with the founder and CEO of Votive Health, an organization that has...[ Read More ]

Hawaii DOH amplifies local asthma triggers through campaign

| Apr 20, 2023 | Hawaii

With Asthma Awareness Month right around the corner, Hawaii’s Department of Health (DOH) has launched their ‘Control Asthma’ campaign, which focuses on raising awareness of local asthma triggers with a focus on young children. While the campaign returns each spring, this year’s campaign has been revamped to have a greater...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Naomi Morita, MD, Hui Pohala

| Apr 4, 2023 | Hawaii

Hui Pohala is an advocacy organization in Hawaii that aims to increase access to quality palliative care for Hawaiians with serious medical illnesses. The group's vice president, Naomi Morita, spoke with us at the 2023 Hawaii State of Reform conference in January about her main priorities for Hawaii healthcare policy....[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Tellie Matagi, Hawaii State Department of Health

| Apr 4, 2023 | Hawaii

Tellie Matagi led the Pacific Islander Task Force within the Hawaii State Department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, which conducted contact tracing among the state's Pacific Islander population. Like many stakeholders, Matagi is focused on health equity—but for her, equitable health outcomes can't be reached until the healthcare workforce...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, PhD, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine

| Apr 3, 2023 | Hawaii

Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, chair of Native Hawaiian Health at the University of Hawaii Manoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine, told us that a key goal of his is increasing the ethnic diversity of Hawaii's medical workforce. During our 2023 Hawaii State of Reform conference in January, Kaholokula told us that...[ Read More ]

Hawaii senators debate initiative to cover autism spectrum disorder services through Medicaid

| Mar 29, 2023 | Hawaii

The Hawaii Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony on Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 119 on March 24th. The bill would require Medicaid coverage of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) to adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The bill would require the state’s Department of Health (DOH) and Department...[ Read More ]