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Health Trends Contributors
The production of Health Trends in Hawai'i relies on the participation of a variety of health care-related agencies and individuals throughout the state. We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations and individuals, each listed with the name(s) of their HHIC contact representatives, for their efforts to provide the data and expertise necessary to prepare this book.

State of Hawai`i

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT)
Jan Nakamoto, Research Statistician
DBEDT provided population data for Hawai'i and the U.S., in addition to a detailed review of pertinent chapters. The primary responsibility of this state agency is to support the growth of Hawai'i's business sector and encourage initiatives for economic development.

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), Insurance Division
Lloyd Lim, Health Branch Administrator
The Health Branch of DCCA provided expertise in the development of the Health Market chapter of Health Trends.

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
Sharon Dolfo, Licensing Supervisor
The DCCA provided data on Hawai'i licensed health care providers. This division oversees regulatory activities of the boards and commissions placed within the department for administrative purposes and also administers other regulatory programs.

Department of Health (DOH), Communicable Disease Division
Glenn Wasserman, Chief
The DOH Communicable Disease Division and the Epidemiology Branch provided data on communicable diseases, both vaccine preventable and vaccine non-preventable, and immunization in Hawai'i. The purpose of the Communicable Disease Division is to reduce morbidity from communicable diseases in Hawai'i by controlling such diseases present in the state, eliminating/reducing conditions conducive to the spread of disease, and preventing the introduction of disease from external sources. The Epidemiology Branch receives and investigates most reports of communicable disease (excluding tuberculosis, Hansesn's disease, and sexually-transmitted diseases).

Department of Health (DOH), Communicable Disease Division, STD Branch
Peter Whiticar, Branch Chief
Roy Ohye, STD Program Coordinator
Venie Lee, Supervisor
This branch provided data on STD incidence in Hawai'i. This branch monitors the number of cases of reported STDs in the state. It provides statewide leadership and coordination for the prevention, treatment, care and surveillance of infections transmitted primarily through sexual contact or injection drug use. It further assures the accessibility and delivery of client-centered, non-judgmental, and comprehensive services.

Department of Health (DOH), Family Health Services Division, Primary Care Office
Loretta Fuddy, Chief
Charlene Gaspar, Nurse Consultant, Primary Care Office
The Family Services Division provided expertise and data on and maps of Hawai'i's medically underserved areas. The goal of this office is to assure that all families and individuals, including those with special needs, receive quality prevention and intervention services based on their individual needs.

Department of Health (DOH), Office of Health Status Monitoring (OHSM)
Alvin Onaka, Ph.D, Department Chief
Brian Horiuchi, Research Statistician
Caryn Tottori, Research Statistician
The DOH OHSM provided vital statistics information and feedback on the Demographics chapter of Health Trends. OHSM collects, processes, analyzes and disseminates relevant population-based data to assess the health status of Hawai'i's population and to meet health statistics legal requirements.

Department of Health (DOH), Tuberculosis Branch
Jessie Wing, M.D., Department Chief
Dzung Thai, Epidemiologist Specialist
This branch provided data on tuberculosis incidence in Hawai'i. This branch strives to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis in the state by providing effective prevention, detection, treatment and educational services.

Department of Human Services (DHS), MedQUEST Division.
An Ming Tan, Encounter Data Specialist
The MedQUEST Division provided data on health insurance coverage and MedQUEST enrollees in Hawai'i. Implemented in 1994 under a waiver from the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS), QUEST introduced managed care to a portion of Hawai'i's Medicaid beneficiaries and to those then enrolled in the General Assistance and State Health Insurance Programs.

State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA)
Dave Sakamoto, M.D., MBA, Administrator
Kenneth Yoshida, Research Statistician
SHPDA provided health resource and utilization data on acute and long-term care in Hawai'i, and evaluated the contents of the Health Resource Utilization chapter. An agency of state government attached to DOH, SHPDA's purpose is to promote accessibility of high quality health care at reasonable cost for all Hawai'i's people. SHPDA's focus on the health care delivery system includes access to care, continuity of care, constituent participation, health resources management, cost-containment and quality health management practices.

University of Hawai`i, Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP)
Karl Kim, Chair
Eric Yamashita, Research Assistant
DURP provided data on seat belt use in Hawai'i. The Department's research activities cover a wide range of topics, especially as they relate to Asia and the Pacific. DURP has engaged in policy and practice-oriented research with the United Nations, World Bank, and USAID, among others.

University of Hawai`i, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Kelly Withy, M.D., Director
AHEC, in collaboration with other agencies, established the Hawaii Health Workforce Hui to address current health workforce needs, particularly in rural areas, and future needs statewide. Dr. Withy critiqued the Health Resources chapter of Health Trends.

University of Hawai`i, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)
Gerard Russo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics
SSRI houses the research team for the Hawaii Coverage for All Project, a federal grant to the Department of Health. The team provided both data and expertise in the development of the Health Market chapter of Health Trends. SSRI facilitates and supports interdisciplinary applied research that addresses critical social, environmental and economic problems primarily in Hawai'i and the Asia-Pacific region. SSRI provided analysis of Current Population Survey data related to the uninsured and projection of health insurance premium data in Hawai'i.

Health Plans

John McComas, Chief Executive Officer
Anne Pierce, Senior Marketing and Sales Representative AlohaCare is a non-profit health plan qualified to participate in the state's MedQUEST program. The organization, first awarded a Medicaid contract in 1994, is governed by a board of directors composed primarily of the executive directors of Hawai'i's thirteen community-based health centers.

Hawaii Management Alliance Association (HMAA)
Mitchell Hall, Chief Operating Officer
Judy Chun, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs
HMAA is a non-profit mutual benefit society founded in 1988 that offers financial products and services. In 1990, the society was authorized to begin operating as a healthcare insurer, offering healthcare plans designed specifically for small- to-medium business in Hawai'i. HMAA now has 2,500 member companies and offers four comprehensive flexible health plans.

Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)
Andrew White, Ph.D., Manager, Research Unit
HMSA, a member of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a non-profit, member-owned mutual benefit society founded in 1938. Both group and individual HMO and PPO plans are offered, and more than 95 percent of physicians statewide work with HMSA. HMSA's PPO has earned the highest level of accreditation possible from the National committee for Quality Assurance. HMSA's HMO, Health Plan Hawaii (HPH) has earned the highest level of accreditation possible from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Kaiser Permanente/Corporate Office
Claudia Schmidt, Vice President, Business Development
Creighton Liu, Director, Strategic Planning
Don Chock, Director, Performance Assessment
Christine Kawachi, Senior Medical Economics Analyst
Ruby Balayan, Associate Analyst
Kaiser provided data and critiqued the Health Market and Health Resource Utilization chapters. Established in Hawai'i in 1958, Kaiser is the state's oldest and largest health maintenance organization. Services are provided by 300 physicians at 17 locations on three islands. The Kaiser HMO has earned the highest level of accreditation possible from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

MDX Hawaii
Richard Jackson, Chief Operating Officer
MDX provided data and expertise in the development of the Health Market chapter of Health Trends. Medical Data Exchange took over the plans managed by the Queen's Health Management Corporation (QHM) in 2001 and became MDX Hawaii in 2002. MDX continues to manage the plans offered by QHM and several national plans for Hawai'i residents.

University Health Alliance (UHA)
Max Bottecelli, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Howard Lee, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Charles Murray, Chief Financial Officer
UHA is a health plan managed by U-Med, which in turn is owned and directed by two physician organizations: University Health Care Associates (UHCA), the faculty practice plan of the University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Hawai'i IPA, an independent physician association of primary care and specialist physicians. UHA administers the health insurance plans, while health care services are provided by Hawai'i IPA. UHCA provides the research required to ensure high quality, cost-effective care.

TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Karl Kiyokawa, Market Vice President, Hawai'i

Private Agencies

Ernst and Young
Terri Fujii, Partner
Ms. Fujii critiqued the Health Resource Utilization chapter of Health Trends.

Hawaii Health Information Corporation (HHIC)
Susan Forbes, DrPH, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jill Miyamura, Ph.D., Vice President
R. Scott Daniels, Ph.D., Analyst
Jaclyn Lindo, Analyst
Affiliated Professionals
Susan Arritt, Editor
Bonnie Lee Chappell, Graphic Designer
HHIC produced Health Trends in Hawai'i, 7th Edition. HHIC provided data on hospital utilization and potentially preventable hospitalizations. A private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1994, HHIC collects, analyzes and disseminates statewide data to support the healthcare community's continuous efforts to improve quality and cost-efficiency. The organization maintains one of Hawai'i's largest healthcare databases, including hospital inpatient data collected from Hawaii's 23 acute care hospitals each year since 1993, and emergency department data collected from 18 Hawaii hospitals since 2000.

Hawaii Medical Association (HMA)
Paula Arcena, Executive Director
Serving Hawai'i since 1856, the HMA is a not-for-profit, voluntary professional organization for physicians and medical students in the state of Hawai'i. HMA serves physicians, their patients and the community through representation, advocacy and other services directed at providing quality medical care. The HMA is part of the American Medical Association (AMA) and is the parent organization for Hawai'i's five component medical societies that operate independently, but in a network with the HMA: Hawai'i County Medical Society, Honolulu County Medical Society, Kaua`i County Medical Society, Maui County Medical Society and West Hawai'i Medical Society.

Hawaii Pacific Health
Virginia Pressler, M.D., M.B.A, Vice President
Dr. Pressler critiqued the Health Status chapter of Health Trends. Hawaii Pacific Health is a non-profit healthcare organization formed with the merger of three longtime Hawaii health systems, Wilcox Health, Kapi'olani Health, and Straub Clinic and Hospital. Hawaii Pacific Health is one of the state's largest healthcare systems, with a network of four hospitals, 24 outpatient centers, and 1,100 physicians on four islands.

Hawai`i Primary Care Association (HPCA)
Beth Giesting, Executive director
HPCA provided data on primary care clinic usage. A private, not-for-profit organization, HPCA advocates access to high quality primary care for people who experience barriers to health care and for the community health centers that serve them.

Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH)
Richard Meiers, President
HAH is a non-profit organization representing the state's acute care hospitals, two-thirds of the state's long-term care beds and home care and hospice providers. Founded in 1939 as the Hospital Association of Hawai'i, the Hawai'i Nursing Home Association merged with it in 1974, and the Hawai'i Association for Home Care merged with it in 2001. HAH is affiliated with the American Hospital Association, the American Health Care Association and the National Association for Home Care. The primary mission of HAH is to represent and advocate for its members, the state's health care system and the health care of Hawai'i's citizens with Congress, the state legislature, government agencies and departments, the news media and the public.

North Hawaii Outcomes Project
Sharon Vitousek, M.D., Director
Dr. Vitousek critiqued the Health Status chapter of Health Trends. The North Hawai'i Project's mission is to improve the health of North Hawaii. This mission is accomplished by listening to the community, identifying priorities, measuring health status and progress, and providing useful local health data for planning, grant writing, and community awareness.