would allow the state to plan around and commit resources to addressing the social determinants of health affecting our island residents, with a particular focus on those factors impacting the health of our Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islander and Filipino communities.
As endorsed by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control, such an approach would save both money and lives in bettering the conditions of our most health-vulnerable communities, as well as all those who may face similar barriers to a healthy lifestyle.
Had the state taken such a social determinants of health approach to health planning and investment five years ago, it is highly likely that it would have already realized substantial cost savings far greater than that provided by cutting off COFA taxpayers from healthcare safety nets through Basic Health Hawaiʻi, without the unnecessary illnesses and deaths that have since occurred.
To submit testimony in support of this measure, sign in to the capitol website here: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/login/login.aspx (if you don't have one, you can instantly register for an account here: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/login/register.aspx), then click on "Submit Testimony" and enter "SB2103" in the field that follows. Simply click through the following pages to register your support.
Alternatively, you can also just send an e-mail to the Hawaiian Affairs committee (include "SUPPORT for SB2103, February 24 at 2:45 p.m." in the e-mail, along with a message if you prefer) at HWNtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov.
For more information and talking points on this measure, please see this white paper produced by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which introduced both HB1616 and SB2103 as part of its 2014 legislative package.