e-Voice of Business May 22, 2019

President’s Message

Aloha Chamber members,

The Chamber has been partnering with the University of Hawaii on a Sector Partnerships initiative, which focuses on strengthening the talent pipeline for future jobs and economic development. The initiative is a way for industry to collaborate on shared opportunities and challenges to strengthen and grow their sector; opportunities and challenges that individual organizations cannot adequately address on their own. It’s also a way for education, workforce development, economic development, funders and other stakeholders to strategically align and leverage their work to meet industry needs.    
The Oahu Healthcare Partnership has so far focused on two priorities: systems integration (SI) and workforce development. The SI project focused on reducing repeat emergency room visits among frequent users, which entails:

  • Collaboration between Kalihi-Palama Health Center (KPHC), The Queen’s Health Systems and the Health Plans
  • Identification of high emergency room utilizers, engagement, collaboration and care coordination.
  • Targeting the homeless Medicaid/Medicare population

The goal of the pilot project was to reduce the number of avoidable emergency room visits by high utilizers, by linking them with a primary care provider and employing care coordination. So far, results are promising with the first two cohorts showing a substantial reduction in avoidable ER visits. The first cohort reduced their ER visits from 145 to 55. The second cohort reduced their ER visits from 88 to 25. The team is discussing ways to broaden the effort to focus on specific chronic conditions. Since participating in this project, KPHC’s star rating increased from 1.85 to 3.9.
We are excited about the quantifiable results of this project as it will reduce costs to the healthcare system, especially for high utilizers, such as the homeless population. The lesson learned is when various stakeholders come together to collaborate on a common goal and to help the less fortunate, solutions can be found and results accomplished.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO

Many hands working together in collaboration and striving for a common goal.

Advocating for Business

DBEDT Forecasts Stable Economic Growth

On Tuesday, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism released its second quarter 2019 Statistical and Economic Report. The report predicted that Hawaii’s economy will continue to grow between 1.2-1.4%.

Click here to read the report.

Supporting our Military

Military Affairs Council Tours PMRF

Members of the Military Affairs Council with PMRF Commander Captain Vincent Johnson

The Chamber’s Military Affairs Council (MAC) led a delegation to Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), where attendees learned about PMRF’s vital role in protecting our country. They also attended the Kauai MAC’s Military Appreciation Month Luncheon.

During Military Appreciation Month, the MAC is proud to provide opportunities to bridge the gap between our military and civilian communities.

Building our Membership

LA Rams’ Kevin Demoff to Headline Annual Membership Luncheon

Kevin Demoff, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Los Angeles Rams, will keynote our 169th Annual Membership Luncheon on August 14. Hear from Demoff on leading organizations through change and to success, and leading the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles and to the Super Bowl. Demoff will also share news on the multi-use development project that will be the future home of the Rams and Chargers, and 2022 Super Bowl, as options for Aloha Stadium are under consideration.

Click here to learn more.


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