Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE
A quarterly e-newsletter for the Hawai'i-Pacific Chapter of ACHE Fall 2021
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Message from the Chapter President
Article of Interest
Diversity Disparities
Tackling Important Conversations Virtually
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Membership Report: New Fellows, Members, and Recertified Fellows
Diversity Committee: Chapter Demographics
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CHAPTER OFFICERS

   

 

REGENT
Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE
micah.ewing@hawaiipacifichealth.org

PRESIDENT
Andrew Giles, MBA, FACHE
andrew.t.giles@kp.org

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Travis Clegg, MBA, FACHE
travis.clegg@straub.net


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Darlena Chadwick, MSN, MBA, FACHE 
dchadwick@queens.org


CHAIR, GUAM LOCAL COUNCIL
Jayar Calilung

TREASURER
Kenny Morris
kenneth.morris@stryker.com

SECRETARY
Sally Belles
sbelles@queens.org

PHYSICIAN EXECUTIVE
James C. Lin, MD
jclin@hawaiipacifichealth.org

MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE
Com Stephanie Ku
stephanie.s.ku.mil@mail.mil

DIRECTORS

Suzanne Asaro
asarosk@ah.org

Laura Bonilla, BSN, MA, FACHE
laurab@kapiolani.org

Josh Carpenter
josh.carpenter@trane.com

Cheryl Kozai
cheryl.kozai@hphmg.org

Col Michael D. Foutch
michael.d.foutch.mil@mail.mil

Robyn Polinar
robyn.polinar@kapiolani.org

Carolyn Voulgaridis, JD, RN
carolynvoulgaridis@gmail.com


COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Glenn Kawabata | Communications
glenn.kawabata@straub.net

Jessica Niles | Communications
jessica.niles@straub.net

Jackie Kim | Diversity

Eunice Park | Diversity

Kristen Croom | Education
kcroom@queens.org

Jackie Kim | Education

Travis Clegg, MBA, FACHE | Membership
travis.clegg@straub.net

Nash Witten, MD | Membership
witten@hawaii.edu

Travis Clegg, MBA, FACHE | Nominating
travis.clegg@straub.net

Micah Ewing, MBA, FACHE | Sponsorship
micah.ewing@hawaiipacifichealth.org

Aaron Predum | Sponsorship
aaron.predum@hawaiipacifichealth.org


Article of Interest
Diversity Disparities
Glenn Kawabata and Jessica Niles

Last December, the Diversity Committee addressed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care disparities, as well as some of the ways in which it exacerbated and highlighted issues in the health care industry. A year later, having worked together through myriad challenges, we find that these topics are still pertinent, these issues just as pressing if not more so.

As mentioned a year ago, the pandemic has both focused attention on and in many cases aggravated existing inequities. As an example, in Hawai’i, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations experienced disproportionately higher incidences than in the population as a whole. Between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021, Pacific Islanders accounted for 24% of COVID-19 cases in Hawai‘i despite comprising only 4% of the population (Hawai‘i Department of Health, 2021). Such data, note the authors, draws attention to systemic issues that engender and sustain inequalities in health care access, delivery and outcomes.

In some cases, the increased visibility of and attention to these discrepancies resulted in actions to address them. The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (HDOH) created a Pacific Islander Priority Investigations and Outreach Team tasked with providing translated information, accessible resources and effective support in ways that were culturally specific and relevant. The Team comprised members of the targeted communities, with support from community organizations. In such ways, the pandemic drew attention and action to pre-existing public health problems, and hopefully set in motion trends towards increased efforts to address the unique needs of these populations.

One of the key recommendations is for a more robust process around data disaggregation. Early case reporting used only five categories of race: White, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Input from community partners encouraged the HDOH to disaggregate into nine distinct categories: White, Black, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Other Asian and Other. This breakout of the data allowed for more clear information regarding how COVID-19 was affecting Hawai‘i’s people and where resources should be targeted. Given the makeup of its population, Hawai‘i would stand to benefit from such data disaggregation when considering population health and delivering health care to these varied populations.

Health disparities continue to exist for numerous other serious conditions. Improving the health of the larger population will require the proper collection and classification of data especially as it relates to race. COVID has continued to force us to think about how health care is delivered differently, and these differences have the potential to make meaningful changes for the residents of Hawai‘i. 

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