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Aloha United Way addresses “benefits cliffs” for Hawaii’s low-income families

| Mar 8, 2022 | Hawaii

A new dashboard will provide critical insight for low-income families in Hawaii to improve their social and economic well-being.  The Career Ladder Identifier and Financial Forecaster (CLIFF), launched in late February, will allow people to analyze financial impacts of new career pathways, with a goal of minimizing “benefits cliffs”—when a...[ Read More ]

What They’re Watching: Ashley Shearer, Queen’s Medical Center

| Feb 10, 2022 | Hawaii

Ashley Shearer, LCSW, Director of Care Coordination, Utilization Management, and Clinical Documentation Integrity at the Queen’s Medical Center, is working to address Hawaii’s high emergency department utilizers, especially those who come in for non-emergent needs. Shearer’s work with the Queen’s Care Coalition aims to identify the broader, health-adjacent needs of...[ Read More ]

Video: How social determinants impact our ohana

| Jan 20, 2022 | Hawaii

One of the key discussions at the 2022 Hawaii State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference earlier this month revolved around the complex social and economic factors that impact the health of our communities, and how Hawaii’s health care system can better address them.  Bringing perspectives from health plans, policy...[ Read More ]

Hawai’i Budget and Policy Center highlights potential solutions to the housing crisis

| Jan 11, 2022 | Hawaii

The Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center today released its final installment of a three-part series on the relationship between health and housing affordability.  Aside from highlighting disparities across health and housing, the report also delved into health care for people experiencing homelessness, and policy solutions for a more affordable housing...[ Read More ]