Hawaii State Department of Health

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GREAT news. Recent events have shown how much we need this in Hawaii. #EndGunViolence #KeepHISafe
12/17/2019
American Academy of Pediatrics Federal Advocacy

GREAT news. Recent events have shown how much we need this in Hawaii. #EndGunViolence #KeepHISafe

Today, Congress announced a bipartisan deal that will, for the first time in over 20 years, direct federal funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health for gun violence prevention research. Read American Academy of Pediatrics President Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP's statement on this hard-fought victory:

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) prescription medications reduce the risk of acquiring HIV through sex. Is PrEP a good...
12/10/2019

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) prescription medications reduce the risk of acquiring HIV through sex. Is PrEP a good option for you? Talk to your healthcare provider or find a provider at HIV.gov Locator to find out. #ReadySetPrEP

Who qualifies for the #ReadySetPrEP program?
To be eligible, you must:
1. Test negative for HIV;
2. Have a valid prescription from your healthcare provider; and
3. Not have insurance that covers prescription drugs
Apply now: GetYourPrEP.com

To achieve #measles elimination, CDC and #globalhealth partners urge every country to aim to reach ≥95% two-dose measles...
12/07/2019
Progress Toward Regional Measles Elimination — Worldwide, 2000–2018

To achieve #measles elimination, CDC and #globalhealth partners urge every country to aim to reach ≥95% two-dose measles vaccination coverage of children everywhere & to maintain strong surveillance/ response capacities to detect any new cases. https://t.co/rIhTmaF2sk?amp=1

This report updates a previous report and describes progress toward World Health Assembly milestones and regional measles elimination during 2000–2018.

12/06/2019

TONIGHT AT 7PM: Don't miss Director of Health Bruce Anderson talk about the measles outbreak in the Pacific--tonight on KHON2!

CONGRATS to Raymond Alejo, recipient of the 2019 Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award, for his outstanding contributions to HIV/A...
11/25/2019

CONGRATS to Raymond Alejo, recipient of the 2019 Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award, for his outstanding contributions to HIV/AIDS services in Hawaii! See him get the award at the World AIDS Day ceremony on 12/1, 5:30pm at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Honolulu. https://worldaidsdayhawaii.org/

Thank you to all those who work, volunteer, support, fund, protect and improve the health of the people of Hawai‘i. Publ...
11/25/2019

Thank you to all those who work, volunteer, support, fund, protect and improve the health of the people of Hawai‘i. Public health is everyone's kuleana. #PublicHealthHeroes #ThisIsPublicHealth #PHTYD #PHTYD2019

Today, we celebrate the tireless efforts of public health professionals and their ongoing efforts to protect the health of Americans! #PHTYD

A public meeting to receive comments on proposed changes to the existing state regulations for underground storage tank ...
11/23/2019

A public meeting to receive comments on proposed changes to the existing state regulations for underground storage tank (UST) systems will be held at our State Laboratories auditorium (2725 Waimano Home Road in Pearl City) on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at 9 a.m.

All interested parties may present relevant information and their opinion at the meeting. We will consider all comments before finalizing changes to the regulations. Review the proposed amendments at: https://health.hawaii.gov/shwb/ust-har.

Got Cheese Nips? Check the box and toss if necessary. The voluntary recall includes 11 oz. boxes with a "best by" date o...
11/22/2019

Got Cheese Nips? Check the box and toss if necessary. The voluntary recall includes 11 oz. boxes with a "best by" date of 5/18/20-5/20/20, retail UPC code: 0 44000 03453 5. Visit go.usa.gov/xpXZf for more info.

11/19/2019
CDC

Did you know? Childhood trauma is now a recognized public health issue. Americans who experience adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are at higher risk of dying from 5 of the top 10 leading causes of death. About 60% of Americans experience at least 1 ACE during childhood. Check out CDC's ACEs training resource: go.usa.gov/xPR8Q

Childhood trauma can lead to lifelong problems in the absence of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments. Learn how you can help prevent adverse childhood experiences with CDC’s ACEs Training resource. go.usa.gov/xPR8Q

11/15/2019

Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson, Dr. Al Bronstein and Lola Irvin discuss the new health advisory on vaping and urge everyone to stop using vaping products, regardless of whether they contain THC or nicotine - 11/15/19.

11/15/2019

Lung Injury and Vaping Update LIVE today at 10:30am HST. Hawaii Department of Health will discuss the new updated health advisory on vaping.

CHECK your fridge & freezer: Voluntary recall on vegetable products sold in Hawaii due to possible contamination of List...
11/14/2019

CHECK your fridge & freezer: Voluntary recall on vegetable products sold in Hawaii due to possible contamination of Listeria. Mann Packing Co. recalled products have a “best by” date of 10/11/19 to 11/16/19. Full list of products here: https://mannpackingproductlist11-2019.us.

MAHALO @Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit for training Hawaii’s educators on vaping prevention strategies in schools. ...
11/13/2019

MAHALO @Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit for training Hawaii’s educators on vaping prevention strategies in schools. Last week, educators from private and charter schools were trained. DOE educators were trained in April of this year. @Hawaii State Public Charter School Commission @Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools @Hawaii State Department of Education @Hawaii Community Foundation

Learn more about the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit training (free for educators): https://med.stanford.edu/tobaccopreventiontoolkit.html

Is radio frequency energy from 5G cellular networks safe? For some peace of mind, check out the latest research in our n...
11/06/2019

Is radio frequency energy from 5G cellular networks safe? For some peace of mind, check out the latest research in our new factsheet:http://health.hawaii.gov/irhb/files/2019/10/RF5GFactSheet2019-10.pdf

Looking to get outside and do something different this weekend? Check out Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Re...
11/01/2019

Looking to get outside and do something different this weekend? Check out Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources)'s and Wahiawa Fresh's Day at Lake Wilson event tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 2.

Be sure to stop by our booth where you can stock up on Fight the Bite Hawaii swag and talk to our vector control experts for tips on mosquito prevention and pest control best practices 🦟🐜🐀🐌 Learn more at www.lakewilsonday.com

10/31/2019
Could YOU be at risk for opioid dependence?

Could you or a loved one be at risk for opioid dependence? Dependence on prescription opioids like Vicodin, Oxycontin and morphine can happen is less than a week. It could happen to ANYONE. Answer a few easy questions to find out your risk level at www.HawaiiOpioid.org

Today, our Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program launched eWIC on Kauai, an electronic benefits transfer card, which i...
10/30/2019

Today, our Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program launched eWIC on Kauai, an electronic benefits transfer card, which is used like a debit card and replaces paper checks for qualified families to purchase approved foods in retail grocery stores.

On Kauai, about 1,000 WIC participants use a cumulative total of about $31,000 in benefits on an average month. eWIC will eventually be implemented statewide, with a targeted rollout for Oahu in March 2020, followed by Maui County in April and Hawaii Island in May.

Learn more about how we're making access to healthy food more convenient to ensure children have a healthy start in life at https://health.hawaii.gov/wic/

Read the news release: http://health.hawaii.gov/news/newsroom/kauai-selected-as-pilot-site-for-wic-transition-from-paper-checks-to-electronic-benefits-transfer/

Did you miss National Take Back Day last weekend? No worries! Remember that you can dispose of old and unused medication...
10/30/2019

Did you miss National Take Back Day last weekend? No worries! Remember that you can dispose of old and unused medications year-round at one of 28 Hawaii Medication Drop Boxes across the state.

Visit www.HawaiiOpioid.org/Drug-Take-Back to find a location near you.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the US DEA and other local agencies, including the State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney Gene...
10/23/2019

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the US DEA and other local agencies, including the State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General and Hawaii Department of Public Safety (PSD), will be hosting its 17th National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI), now in its 10th year in Hawaii. Anyone with expired or unused prescription medications is encouraged to bring their medications to the collection sites - no questions asked.

Visit www.dea.gov or www.ag.hawaii.gov to learn more and find collection sites near you.

Our annual Stop Flu at School clinics kicked off at schools statewide this week. Thanks to our partners at the Hawaii St...
10/19/2019

Our annual Stop Flu at School clinics kicked off at schools statewide this week. Thanks to our partners at the Hawaii State Department of Education as well as contributions from federal agencies and health insurers, we're able to offer free flu shots to thousands of Hawaii students each year.

Read the news release: http://health.hawaii.gov/news/

Learn more about the State of Hawaii Department of Health-Disease Outbreak Control Division's Stop Flu at School program: http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/about-us/programs/stop-flu-at-school/

The health department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are currently reviewing the U.S. Navy’s proposed tank upg...
10/12/2019

The health department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are currently reviewing the U.S. Navy’s proposed tank upgrade alternatives for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Tank Storage Facility.

The Navy will be presenting their proposal at a public meeting (informational only) on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the O‘ahu Veterans Center located at 1298 Kukila Street in Honolulu. An additional meeting will be held in November to receive oral and written comments.

Get more info at https://health.hawaii.gov/news/

📸 credit: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

What better way to recognize World Mental Health Day than with a construction progress tour of our brand new secured fac...
10/11/2019

What better way to recognize World Mental Health Day than with a construction progress tour of our brand new secured facility at the Hawaii State Hospital? The facility, which is expected to welcome patients in late 2021, was designed and is being built with the safety and security of the patients, staff and community at the forefront.

Mahalo to Senator Roz Baker, Senator Karl Rhoads, State Representative Della Au Belatti, Rep. Lisa Kitagawa-Akagi, Rep. Scot Matayoshi, and Rep. Gregg Takayama for joining us for this morning’s tour!

📸 credit: Governor David Ige 🙏

10/02/2019
Vax To School Hawaii Campaign

Check out our new Vax to School campaign, which will be hitting airwaves statewide today thanks to our partners at Hawaii Association of Broadcasters. Learn more about updated immunization requirements for all #Hawaii 7th graders starting next school year at www.vaxtoschoolhawaii.com

This morning, nearly 70 people – some of which included community members living with mental illness, hospital staff, fo...
09/19/2019

This morning, nearly 70 people – some of which included community members living with mental illness, hospital staff, former patients and staff – gathered for the Hawaii State Hospital’s 19th annual Remembrance Service at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery in Kaneohe. Hawaii State Hospital holds the ceremony each year to honor past and present patients.

Mahalo to Mayor Kirk Caldwell for helping us recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. Remember, help is just a c...
09/11/2019

Mahalo to Mayor Kirk Caldwell for helping us recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. Remember, help is just a call or text away. Call the Crisis Line of Hawaii at (808) 832-3100 or text ALOHA to 741-741.

Depression and suicidal thoughts are a real struggle. There are many in our community who need to know that we’ll be there for them. I’ve proclaimed September to be Suicide Prevention Month because each of us matter. If you feel you need help, please know that you can and will get through this.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the Crisis Line of Hawaii at (808) 832-3100 (O‘ahu) or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).

September is National Preparedness Month! With hurricane season in full swing, it's not too late to #prepareyourhealth a...
09/05/2019

September is National Preparedness Month! With hurricane season in full swing, it's not too late to #prepareyourhealth and get ahead of any natural hazards that may come our way.

For more ideas and information, visit CDC's website at
www.cdc.gov/cpr/prepareyourhealth/PersonalHealth.htm or our own Prepare NOW Hawaii at
health.hawaii.gov/prepare/protect-your-family

September is National Preparedness Month (smack in the middle of hurricane season). Across the country, government agencies and other organizations are coming together to encourage year-round personal and community preparedness for disasters, disease outbreaks, and human-caused emergencies.

This year the emphasis is on personal health preparedness:

1. Personal needs
Food, water, and other essentials to last at least 14 days.

2. Prescriptions
Medication you may need, also for at least 14 days.

3. Paperwork
Important documents and medical records.

4. Power sources
Backup power (like solar-powered chargers) in case the electricity goes out.

5. Practical skills
Life-saving skills, like CPR, so you know what to do in an emergency.

For more ideas and information, visit the Center for Preparedness & Response (CPR), part of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), by clicking below:
www.cdc.gov/cpr/prepareyourhealth/PersonalHealth.htm

And of course, you can also visit DOH to learn how to protect your family:
health.hawaii.gov/prepare/protect-your-family

And since we’re officially in hurricane season for another three months, check out our hurricane advisory page so you’ll know what to do before, during, and after a tropical storm strikes:
health.hawaii.gov/prepare/advisories/hurricane-season

September is National Newborn Screening Awareness Month!Did you know all babies born in the United States are tested for...
09/05/2019

September is National Newborn Screening Awareness Month!

Did you know all babies born in the United States are tested for dozens of genetic health conditions right at birth? Thanks to newborn screening, we can treat babies before these conditions become life-threatening.

For more information and resources like this one, visit: https://www.babysfirsttest.org/

#newbornscreening #genetics #genomics #hawaiigenetics #HealthyWeLiveHawaii

Attention Hawaii families! Have you heard about the new immunization requirements that will go into effect for the 2020-...
09/03/2019
KHON2 News

Attention Hawaii families! Have you heard about the new immunization requirements that will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year? You can learn more at http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/vaccines-immunizations/school-health-requirements/sy-20-21/

Mahalo to KHON2 News for having us on to share more information with your viewers. If you missed it, check out the segment online at https://www.khon2.com/wake-up-2day/state-health-official-explains-new-school-immunization-requirements/?fbclid=IwAR082REn7s-PZQ4bFiLdiRTci-JB7Nbw_1_diFbwm-cY43eBoZaozoGvuic

With - State of Hawaii Department of Health-Disease Outbreak Control Division

If you have a child or teen going to school, there’s a change you need to know about beginning next year. Immunization requirements are changing for students. Ronald Balajadia, immunization branch chief for the Hawaii State Department of Health, joined Take2 with details.

One person dies by suicide every two days in Hawaii. September is Suicide Prevention Month so let’s work together to rai...
08/31/2019

One person dies by suicide every two days in Hawaii. September is Suicide Prevention Month so let’s work together to raise awareness about the community resources available to those who need them most.

For prevention resources, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/injuryprevention/home/suicide-prevention/information/

Learn how you can get involved athttps://health.hawaii.gov/news/files/2019/08/19-063-DOH_Suicide-Prevention-Month-2019-NR-FINAL-083019.pdf

All Hawaii families should be aware of new immunization (vaccine) requirements required for students entering school nex...
08/28/2019

All Hawaii families should be aware of new immunization (vaccine) requirements required for students entering school next year.

Read the news release for highlights athttps://health.hawaii.gov/news/files/2019/08/19-061-DOH_School-Immunization-Requirements-Update-NR-FINAL-082719.pdf

Visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/vaccines-immunizations/school-health-requirements/sy-20-21/ for all of the latest information on new school immunization requirements.

Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, additional immunizations will be required for students entering preschool, kindergarten through grade 12, and colleges/universities in Hawai‘i. Students who are up-to-date with their vaccinations in accordance with CDC's national recommendations will be in compliance with the new requirements. In addition, before the first day of school year 2020-2021, all seventh grade students must provide documentation of having received:
• Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
• HPV (human papillomavirus vaccine)
• MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine)
For more information, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/vaccines-immunizations/school-health-requirements/sy-20-21/.

Our Maui Sanitation Branch has posted a red “Closed” placard at Barefruit Bar located at 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Road, S...
08/27/2019

Our Maui Sanitation Branch has posted a red “Closed” placard at Barefruit Bar located at 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Suite C in Lahaina for an extensive pest infestation.

A follow-up inspection is scheduled for Friday, August 30. Read the news release here for more information:https://health.hawaii.gov/news/files/2019/08/19-060-DOH_Red-Placard-Barefruit-Bar-NR-FINAL-082719.pdf

The Hawaii Opioid Initiative has launched an #opioid awareness campaign, which encourages adults to find out their risk ...
08/27/2019

The Hawaii Opioid Initiative has launched an #opioid awareness campaign, which encourages adults to find out their risk for opioid dependence by answering a few easy questions. Take the quiz today at https://hawaiiopioid.org/.

Read the news release athttps://health.hawaii.gov/news/files/2019/08/19-059-Hawaii-Opioid-Initiative-launches.pdf

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1250 Punchbowl St
Honolulu, HI
96813

Public bus stops in front of the building on Punchbowl Street and Beretania Street. Public health is about protecting the health and well-being of our people, communities, and islands. The mission of the Dept. of Health is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawai'i. This is done by supporting programs to prevent illness and injury, promoting healthy lifestyles for both the body and mind, and monitoring and enforcing practices that keep our environment clean, healthy and safe.

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Tuesday 07:45 - 16:30
Wednesday 07:45 - 16:30
Thursday 07:45 - 16:30
Friday 07:45 - 16:30

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