“New Ideas” Needed on Māori Health

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Apr 182016
 

The Public Health Association wants to change the conversation about why Māori have worse health outcomes than other New Zealanders.

Child advocate Anton Blank.

Anton Blank Photo: RNZ / Leigh McLachlan

Māori are more likely to get sick and live shorter lives than other New Zealanders and many of the root causes are blamed on the aftermath of colonisation.

Click here to read more: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/301768/’new-ideas’-needed-on-maori-health

Study Shows Māori Keen for Doctors and Healers to Collaborate

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Apr 182016
 

Latest research shows that Māori are keen for traditional rongoā Māori healers and doctors to work together on managing their health. However, many seriously doubt that doctors would be open to such an arrangement.

Dr Glenis Mark (Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Tahu) has explored the views of Māori on rongoā Māori healers in primary health care as part of a Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Māori health postdoctoral fellowship through Whakauae Research Services.

Click here to learn more: https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/study-shows-maori-keen-doctors-and-healers-collaborate

Treatment, Education, Conference Part of Pacific Islander Center’s First Year

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Mar 302016
 

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The Center for Pacific Islander Health’s first year has been busy. It helped more than 100 Marshallese residents receive free diabetes treatment, trained 40 Marshallese to become medical interpreters and assisted several churches in planting gardens since opening last summer.

Center leaders are preparing to cap off the center’s first year with a conference that will draw about 300 Pacific Islander health care leaders to Northwest Arkansas. The Gathering for Pacific Islander Health is May 24-26 and is the first of what organizers hope becomes an annual event that could be held at different places across the country.

Click here to read more: http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/mar/27/treatment-education-conference-part-of-/

Oregon Bill Assists COFA Residents

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Mar 302016
 

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Recognizing the unique treaty between the United States and three Micronesian nations, the Oregon Legislature has approved a measure intended to help certain residents with health care costs.

The bill sets up a premium assistance program, one administered by the state’s Department of Consumer and Business Services, to provide “financial assistance with health care premiums and out-of-pocket costs” for Pacific Islanders legally residing in Oregon under the Compact of Free Association.

Click here for more information: http://www.civilbeat.com/2016/03/oregon-bill-assists-cofa-residents/

Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Conference 2016

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Dec 172015
 

The Pacific Islander Student Center is once again invited to sponsor a workshop during the upcoming Annual Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Conference at UH Hilo. Coincidentally, the theme for this yearʻs Ka Lama Ku Conference is the same as PISCʻs ongoing motto, “Navigating with Success.”  The PISC-sponsored workshop will focus on the health & wellness needs of Pacific Islanders in Hawaiʻi and throughout the Pacific region. Planning for this workshop will be led by Team Leader Felicia Andrew (Palau) and her  Student Health & Wellness Team at the PISC in collaboration with Andrew Polloi, Director of the Counseling Services at UH Hilo.

When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
Time: 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: Campus Center (various locations)
Cost: Free but must register
Registration: starts January 25, 2016 (click here)

Special Project

Following the closing ceremony at 3 pm, interested Pacific Islander students are invited to a special videoshoot by the Pacific Students Media as part of a Public Service video related to health & wellness.

Gongfuball Training & Fun Day

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Nov 242014
 

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The Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) has teamed up with Gongfuball Academy of Athletic Development (GAAD) and the registered student organization, Gongfuball Collegiate Society for a fun day on Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the UH Hilo Soccer Field (Campus Center Plaza if it rains heavily). Continue reading »

Pacific Islander Students Invited to Unite Against Healthcare Injustice

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May 072014
 

healthy-pacific-togethernessDear Pacific Islander students:

Alii! Bula! Hafa Adai! Iakwe! Kaselehlie! Malo e Lelei! Mauri! Mogethin! Olomwaay! Paing Kom! Ran Annim! Ran Karea! Talofa!

Calling all Pacific Islander student groups in Hawaii and our friends and allies elsewhere. We seek your help to support a statewide effort to reinstate medicaid health insurance coverage for citizens of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations of FSM, Palau, Marshall Islands living in Hawaii.

Basically, on April 1, 2014 the Ninth Court of Appeals ruled that the State of Hawaii does not have to pay coverage for citizens of these COFA nations EVEN THOUGH all citizens of these COFA nations working in Hawaii are paying the same taxes that others pay for this coverage. No other ethnic groups were singled out to put into a separate coverage called Basic Health Hawaii (BHH) with very limited coverage. Continue reading »