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DOH prepares for new Hawaii CARES contract and 988 implementation

| Mar 2, 2022 | Hawaii

The Behavioral Health Services Administration (BHA) under the Department of Health is working to update and improve its one-stop shop behavioral health crisis response system, Hawaii CARES. Improvements will help the administration prepare for the implementation of the nationwide 988 suicide prevention hotline later this year.     Starting next...[ Read More ]

DOH, hospital budget requests aim to address ‘chronically underfunded’ public health sector

| Jan 28, 2022 | Hawaii

Members of the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) testified before the Senate Committees on Health and Ways and Means this month, presenting their legislative budget requests for fiscal year 2023. In total DOH is requesting $1.07 billion in budgetary funding, a $10 million increase from FY 2022.  Hawaii Health Systems...[ Read More ]

Hawaii to shut down quarantine facilities, despite COVID case spike

| Dec 17, 2021 | Hawaii

Despite a recent surge in cases partly from the Omicron variant, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced today that it would end operations of all state-operated quarantine facilities on Dec. 31, 2021.      The quarantine facility closures follow a Nov. 29 emergency proclamation from Gov. David Ige that...[ Read More ]

Amid Omicron cases and vaccination recounts, Hawaii remains vigilant

| Dec 7, 2021 | Hawaii

When it comes to the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Lieutenant Governor Josh Green says the state will maintain its current vaccine and restriction protocols, but remain watchful as new research emerges. The Hawaii Department of Health confirmed the first case of the variant in the state on Thursday, and has since...[ Read More ]

Kids “can either get vaccinated or you can get Delta,” says Hawaii state epidemiologist

| Oct 15, 2021 | Hawaii

Hawaii Department of Health state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble set the record straight Wednesday on how the Delta variant and COVID-19 vaccines affect Hawaii’s keiki, especially as kids return to in-person learning. Dr. Natasha Ching, a pediatric disease specialist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, joined Dr. Kemble...[ 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 ]