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The Conversation: New Grants Help Expand Telehealth Statewide

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New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state; Reality Check: how the pandemic has exacerbated our teacher shortage; Rental assistance program rolls out for Native Hawaiians; Perseverance rover hunts for ancient life on Mars

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New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state

Due to stay-at-home orders and limited in-person doctor appointments, telehealth has become a literal lifeline for some patients during the pandemic. But challenges like lack of broadband access, technology, and training have comprised many clinics' attempts at implementing a telehealth program. Chris Van Bergeijk, senior vice president and chief impact officer at Hawaii Community Foundation, wants to change that. Along with HMSA and the Freeman Foundation, her organization has provided $1.3 million in grants to get telehealth service off the ground in fourteen federally qualified health centers across the state.

Kalihi Palama Health Center (KPHC) received one of those grants. CEO Dr. Emmanuel Kintu continues to conversation with HPR's news editor Jason Ubay about KPHC's telehealth system prior to the pandemic and how it used the money.

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Chris Van Bergeijk, Senior VP and Chief Impact Officer, Hawaii Community Foundation
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Dr. Emmanuel Kintu, CEO, Kalihi Palama Health Center

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Reality Check: how the pandemic has exacerbated our teacher shortage

Hawaii suffered from a severe teacher shortage prior to pandemic. Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee gives us an overview of the Department of Education's recruitment strategies amidst looming budget cuts and travel restrictions. You can read her full story here at civilbeat.org.

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Suevon Lee, Honolulu Civil Beat

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Rental assistance program rolls out for Native Hawaiians

As we draw nearer to the anniversary of the first pandemic lockdown, many Hawaii residents are still struggling with losses of income. A new rental assistance program by spearheaded the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) started on February 8th and seeks to provide relief to Native Hawaiians. They have receivcd over five hundred applications already. Kuhio Lewis, President and CEO of CNHA and Tyler Gomes, Deputy to the Chairman of DHHL talk with The Conversation's Russell Subiono about who is qualified and how to apply.

To apply for the program, click here: www.hawaiiancouncil.org/dhhl

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Kuhio Lewis, President and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and Tyler Gomes, Deputy to the Chair of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

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Perseverance rover hunts for ancient life on Mars

Dr. Sarah Fagents is a co-investigator for Mastcam-Z instruments on the new Mars rover Perseverance. She talks with The Conversation's Savannah Harriman-Pote about her work as a planetary volcanologist and how Hawaii can help understand the Red Planet's geology.

To learn more about NASA's Perseverance mission, click here.

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Sarah Fagents, University of Hawaii Volcanologist

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
Jason Ubay is a news editor at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Send your story ideas to him at jubay@hawaiipublicradio.org.
Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
Savannah Harriman-Pote is a producer for The Conversation and Manu Minute. Contact her at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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