HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has developed new informational materials available online for the treatment of patients with chlamydia or gonorrhea. The materials are part of a new effort to educate healthcare providers, patients, and the public about Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) options now available in Hawaii.
Signed into law this year, the Hawaii EPT Law or Act 250-13 is an important public health measure to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. Hawaii’s new law enables patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea to deliver medication or a prescription to their partner(s) in situations where the partner is unlikely to seek medical treatment. This helps assure the patient does not get reinfected by their partner, because their partner also receives treatment quickly.
“Expedited Partner Therapy will help healthcare providers in Hawaii prevent an estimated 1,000 cases of pelvic inflammatory disease in women and an additional estimated 1,000 cases of infertility that occur each year in Hawaii,” said Dr. Glenn Wasserman, chief of the DOH Communicable Disease and Public Health Nursing Division. “The law uses evidence-based guidelines that have proven success in many states.”
Legislative efforts to permit EPT in Hawaii were led by the Hawaii Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other health providers for women and youth, with support from the Department of Health.
“Sexually transmitted infections disproportionately affect women and particularly young women,” said Dr. Lori Kamemoto, Hawaii ACOG Chair. “EPT will help prevent the serious medical complications that can occur with these infections in women, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancy. This law is about helping our patients, Hawaii’s population and public health.”
In 2012, there were nearly 6,500 reported cases of chlamydia in Hawaii with 70 percent in women. Forty-seven percent of these women were between15-24 years of age. Sixty percent of Hawaii’s total reported chlamydia and gonorrhea infections in 2011 and 2012 occurred in people under the age of 25.
EPT partner information sheets developed by DOH must be used by healthcare professionals to inform partners about EPT and what to be aware of with the medications. The EPT law, partner information sheets, and other related information for healthcare providers may be downloaded from the DOH website at http://health.hawaii.gov/std-aids/for-providers/
For questions about EPT related to the control of sexually transmitted infections in Hawaii, please contact the department’s STD Clinic at Diamond Head Health Center at (808) 733-9281.
Additional information on EPT is also available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/std/ept/
For questions regarding the regulation of pharmacy practices, go to the Hawaii State Board of Pharmacy at www.hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/boards/pharmacy/.
After a harrowing plunge down a northwest Maui cliff Wednesday, a 73 year-old woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
At 3:36 p.m., Maui Fire Department’s Engine 10 and Rescue 10 were dispatched to a call at Makamakaole gulch, 10800 Kahekili Highway. A white Lexus sedan with a 73 year-old female driver, failed to make a turn on the Kahakuloa side of Makamakaole gulch. Her vehicle went down a 20 to 30 foot cliff and landed on its wheels on a resident’s drive way.
Fire crews arrived as Medic 1 was tending to the female, who was laying on the ground next to the vehicle. Fire personnel assisted medics and secured the female and carried her to the ambulance. The patient was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. Her condition was unavailable.
HONOLULU — The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has contracted SMS to conduct a phone survey over the next few weeks of Hawaii residents and small businesses to find out how people in Hawaii are using their Internet connections today and how they plan to use Internet service in the future.
The survey is part of the state’s effort to improve the broadband capabilities, address anticipated future needs and ensure that Hawaii’s is competitive with the rest of the world as a venue for digital commerce. DCCA is part of a multi-agency state effort to move to high-speed broadband and meet Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s goal of providing affordable Internet access to Hawaii’s residents.
The phone calls will be made to businesses during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to residences from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The calls are confidential and no names will be used. No personal identifying information will be requested, nor will it be required..
The phone survey is being conducted in conjunction with DCCA’s broadband speed test campaign to measure Internet access speeds around the state and to look for gaps in connection. People around the state can go to hibroadbandmap.org/speedtest (or http://goo.gl/e23RPl) to be part of the campaign to measure and improve broadband access around the islands. The speed test can be performed using a desktop or mobile web browser.
In addition to its regulatory oversight of the franchised cable industry, the Cable Television Division has been given the responsibility to implement activities to promote ubiquitous access to high-speed broadband at affordable prices throughout the state.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Department of Finance reminds Maui County real property owners that the deadline for filing claims for real property tax exemptions, condominium use classification declarations, and requests for agricultural use valuations for the 2014-2015 tax year is Tuesday, December 31, 2013 (no exceptions). Applications that fail to meet the December 31, 2013 deadline will be processed for the 2015-2016 tax year.
For deployed active-duty military personnel, a claim for exemption must be filed on or before June 30th of the tax year for which such exemption is claimed. Proof of deployment is required.
Property owners affected by these deadlines include individuals claiming the basic home exemption (currently at $200,000); charitable organizations using their property exclusively for non-profit purposes; public utility companies; low/moderate income housing; disabled veterans; Hansen’s disease sufferers; those who are blind, deaf or totally disabled; child care providers; taro farmers; and deployed active-duty military personnel and circuit breaker tax credit applications.
A new claim does not have to be filed for property that already has an exemption if the conditions under which the exemption was granted have not changed. However, exemptions for child care providers, low/moderate income housing, public utility companies, taro farming and circuit breaker must be filed annually on or before December 31, 2013 preceding the tax year being claimed.
In filing a home exemption claim, it is recommended that all owners of record occupying the property sign the claim for exemption; this will help insure the continuity of the exemption. To facilitate the filing process, the claimant should have the tax map key number of the property for which the exemption is being claimed. If a homeowner’s parcel is delinquent and not paid in full by the end of the calendar year, the home exemption will be removed for the following assessment year. Once a homeowner’s exemption is lost, the owner will not be allowed to reapply until the account is paid in full.
Property owners on agricultural-zoned lands and seeking agricultural use valuation are required to submit a completed application by December 31, 2013 preceding the assessment year being claimed.
Condominium unit owners are required to declare the actual use of their condominium unit by December 31, 2013 preceding the assessment year in effect. Pursuant to Rules of Procedure, owners are required to report any change in the attested actual use of the unit within 30 calendar days of such change.
For additional information, call 270-7297. Forms are available at www.mauipropertytax.com. Molokai residents may call 1-800-272-0117 and ask for extension 7297. Lanai residents may call 1-800-272-0125 and ask for extension 7297.
Following Monday’s “unattended death” at the Marriott Maui Ocean Club resort in Ka’anapali, Maui Police have not yet been able to identify the victim.
MPD officials have released a photo of the man, asking for the public’s help in identifying him. He is believed to be a 53 year-old man who had been visiting Maui.
If anyone has information about the man, they are asked to call the Maui Police Department’s Dispatch at 808-244-6400 or Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division at 808-661-0559 Monday thru Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Read the initial Maui TV News report here.
HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the following appointments: Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District. The interim appointments are effective immediately and subject to state Senate approval.
“These individuals represent a cross-section of Hawaii residents’ diverse backgrounds, offering vital perspectives, input and leadership to the future of Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Good government depends on individuals getting involved and taking responsibility as leaders to work collaboratively toward solutions, and I am confident in their ability to do so on behalf of the people of Hawaii.”
Grant Y.M. Chun, a resident of Wailuku, will represent Maui on the BOE. Chun is currently vice president of A&B Properties Inc. and the former managing director of the County of Maui. He is a practicing attorney and
brings a strong background in administration and law to the position. Active in the community, Chun serves on the board of directors for A Keiki’s Dream, Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, Maui Chinese Cultural
Society, Maui Economic Development Board, and Maui Economic Opportunity, as well as on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of American Maui County Council, on the Maui Regional Board of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, and on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for UH Maui College. He is also a life member of the Maui Young Business Roundtable. Chun earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations from the University of Southern California. He also holds a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Doreen Napua Gomes, a resident of Kula, assumes the Maui seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Employed by Palekana Permits since 2009, Gomes was previously a Health Unit Assistant at Kula Hospital. She is president-elect of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, serves as a commissioner for the County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety, and is a member of the Ahahui Kaahumanu Society. Gomes also served as director of Hui No Ke Ola Pono Inc. from 2009 to 2011 and on the Maui Police Department Commission from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Gomes is an advocate for the American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and she has been a Maui County Health Volunteer since 2007. Gomes earned an associate’s degree in general studies from the University of Phoenix.
Aaron D. Mahi, a resident of Honolulu, fills the LUC Hawaiian Specialist seat. Mahi has worked as a cultural consultant for the Malama Aina Foundation since 2011 and as an assistant cultural specialist for the Partners in Development Foundation since 2009. From 2005 to 2009, he served as chief manager of the Ka Waihona Mele Noeau, a division of the Abigail K.K. Kawananakoa Foundation, for the collection, research and preservation of Hawaiian music, literature and oral history as part of the establishment of a Hawaiian culture repository. From 1981 to 2005, he directed the Royal Hawaiian Band as bandmaster. Mahi is a past district
representative on the Oahu Island Burial Council and is first vice president of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club board. Mahi earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and attended the University of Loma Linda for orchestral conducting.
Brian T. Tamamoto of Honolulu brings to the HCDA more than 24 years of experience in labor relations, business operations, and development. He is currently the executive vice president of Resort Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Kobayashi Group. Previously, he worked as director of labor relations for Hawaiian Telcom, as managing director for Human Resources Solutions, and as director of human resources/labor relations for Aloha Airlines. Tamamoto has served as the Hawaii president of the Society for Human Resource Management, chair of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, and as a commissioner for the State Foundation on the Culture and Arts. He also volunteers for River of Life Mission?s homelessness program. Tamamoto earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.
The Office of the Governor oversees more than 180 boards and commissions established by the state constitution, statutes or executive orders.
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