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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 ]

5 Things Hawaii: Q&A w/ Beth Giesting, Hospital capacity, Native Hawaiian health care

| Sep 8, 2021 | Hawaii

E komo mai and a big mahalo to our new reporter Nicole Pasia. She is covering Hawaii's health care sector, and as you'll see below, has gone directly to the source for some great interviews this month. Emily Boerger continues to be the backbone of our reporting team as managing...[ Read More ]

DOH, HAH COVID efforts give hospitals a couple weeks before reaching “crisis point”

| Sep 7, 2021 | Hawaii

As Hawaii faces a possible COVID case surge after Labor Day weekend, representatives from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) met last week with the Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 to prepare hospitals and other health care facilities.      DOH Director Elizabeth Char,...[ Read More ]

Kaiser Permanente boosts Hawaii telehealth with $143k grant

| Aug 30, 2021 | Hawaii

Four Hawaii safety net organizations received a combined $143,000 in grants this month to expand telehealth services to low-income and communities experiencing homelessness. Virtual Care Innovation Network worked in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente to allocate the funding.      See a breakdown of the funding below: $57,000 each to the...[ Read More ]

Health equity leaders discuss "innovative" legislation and financial opportunity programs for ALICE housholds

| Aug 27, 2021 | Hawaii

In the final installment of a three-part conversation series, Hawai‘i health equity advocates gathered to share innovative strategies that support asset-limited, income-constrained, and employed (ALICE) communities. The panel highlighted key legislation and financial opportunity programs that could benefit a significant portion of Hawaii households.     A 2017 report from...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Hawai'i Budget and Policy Center director Beth Giesting's economic update

| Aug 24, 2021 | Hawaii

Beth Giesting is the director of the Hawai'i Budget and Policy Center (HBPC), a public policy research and analysis program under Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. Giesting’s work highlights the intersection between health care and policy, with a focus on their impacts on Hawai'i’s low-income and underserved...[ Read More ]

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