OFCC Receives Recognition for Community Projects
By Amado YORO
The Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC) and its affiliates have been recognized for their projects of feeding the homeless and Adopt a Highway clean-up work. They received a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Department of Transportation as Champion of the Quarter for their Adopt a Highway project; and Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Community Service from the Honolulu City Council, co-sponsored by Councilman Joey Manahan.
The top 15 organizations and representatives for OFCC’s Feed the Homeless and quarterly Adopt a Highway clean up, and record of attendance and participation include: 1. Bulacan Circle of Hawaii & Associates, Angie Santiago, president, 2. Vigan Assn of Hawaii & Associates, Tessie Aganon, president, 3. Cabugao Sons & Daughters Assn of HI, Myrna Peralta, president, 4. Magsingal Assn of Hawaii, Imelda Uangca Formoso president, 5. Divine Word College of Laoag College Alumni Assn of HI Jesse Pascual president, 6. Annak Sinait/Sinait Alumni, Gus Concepcion/Romulo Basuel, presidents, 7. Santiaguenians Assn of Hawaii, Thomas Quintos president, 8. Ilocos Surian Assn of Hawaii, Danny Villaruz president, 9. Filipinos organizations I Hawaii, Jean Jeremiah, Executive Director, 10. Sto Domingo Organization-Oahu Chapter Isabel Rivera Phu president, 11. Filipino Chamber of Commerce, 12. St. Paul’s Church, Rev. Canon Randolph VN Albano, Vicar, 13. Co-Cathedral St. Theresa, 14. Our Lady of Perpetual Help/KPRP, 15. Samahang Ilocano---representative Noli Butay.
Senior Fall Prevention Campaign Launched
The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) will launch its annual Senior Fall Prevention Awareness campaign, from June 18 – Aug. 19. The campaign will feature an educational video about fall prevention, new public service announcements, free medication reviews, balance tests, tai chi workshops and community presentations that focus on preventing falls among older adults.
Statistics from DOH’s Emergency Medical Services & Injury Prevention Branch show that falls disproportionately affect the elderly and the most vulnerable population is 65-years and older.
Fall-related injuries and fatalities among Hawai‘i seniors continue to increase each year statewide at a concerning rate. Every year, accidental falls and fall-related injuries amongst Hawai‘i seniors cause an average of 94 fatalities, 1,940 hospitalizations and 8,050 emergency room visits.
“We know that fall-related injuries can take a serious emotional, physical, and financial toll on our kupuna and their caregivers, and can also impact the overall healthcare system,” said Danette Wong Tomiyasu, DOH Deputy Director of Health Resources. “It is estimated that hospital costs associated with fall-related injuries are nearly $120 million per year in Hawai‘i. As our state’s elderly population continues to grow, it is crucial to educate kupuna and their loved ones about how to best prevent falls and the injuries falls can cause.”
Free Medication Reviews and Balance Tests. Nearly 200 in-store pharmacists from the Hawai‘i Community Pharmacy Association and other organizations will conduct in-store reviews at Times Supermarkets across the state of seniors’ medications, as well as balance tests to determine fall risk and support senior health and well-being.
“Fall-Proof” Senior Assistive Safety Devices at Home City Mill will host “meet-and-greet” sessions with the public to offer home safety recommendations. Home safety specialists from DOH will be present to answer questions about the latest senior assistive safety devices to help make a home as “fall-proof” as possible. Sessions will be held at the following times and locations:
• City Mill Iwilei: Sunday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• City Mill Pearl City: Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tai Chi for Arthritis/Fall Prevention Classes. From June to August, Tai Chi for Health, arthritis and fall prevention classes will be offered at more than 33 locations statewide. For more information, call (808) 733-9202 or visit http://health.hawaii.gov/ injuryprevention/home/ preventing-falls/tai-chi/.
DOH offers the following advice to seniors, family members and caregivers to prevent falls and fall-related injuries:
• Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medications yearly;
• Get an annual eye exam;
• If you live alone, get a life-saving Personal Electronic Safety Device;
• Make your home safer by removing fall hazards and improving lighting; and
Exercise regularly to increase balance and flexibility.
Healthcare Measures Signed into Law
Governor David Ige signed healthcare measures SB2298 Relating to Healthcare Preceptor Tax Credits and SB2653 Relating to Chapter 453 Hawai‘i Revised Statutes at the State Capitol, 5th floor, Governor’s Ceremonial Room, June 13.
SB2298 provides tax credits for advance practice registered nurses, pharmacists, and physicians who volunteer as instructors in supervised clinical training rotations for students. The training enables students to obtain eligible healthcare professional degrees or certificates. This bill aims to encourage preceptors to offer professional instruction, training, and supervision to students and residents seeking careers in healthcare, with the goal of building capacity for clinical education at in-state academic programs, and increasing the number of healthcare providers in Hawai‘i.
SB2653 establishes requirements for licensure by endorsement for physicians, surgeons, and osteopathic physicians. This bill aims to establish access to quality medical care and overcome geographic barriers.
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