ABOUT OUR TEAM:

HEALTHY AND WELCOMED BIRTHS

The Hawaii Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative fulfills the work of Early Childhood Action Strategy Team 1

Hawaii Maternal and Infant Health Collaborative (HMIHC), founded in 2013, is a public private partnership committed to Improving Birth Outcomes and Reducing Infant Mortality. The Collaborative was developed in partnership with the Executive Office of Early Learning’s Action Strategy with help from the Department of Health and National Governor’s Association. The Action Strategy provides Hawaii with a roadmap for an integrated and comprehensive early childhood system, spanning preconception to the transition to Kindergarten.

The Collaborative helps advance goals within the Action Strategy by focusing on ensuring that children have the best start in life by being welcomed and healthy. The Collaborative has completed a strategic plan and accompanying Logic Model, The First 1,000 Days, aimed at achieving the outcomes of 8% reduction in preterm births and 4% reduction in infant mortality by 2020.

To date nearly 200 people across Hawai‘i have been involved in the Collaborative. These members include physicians and clinicians, public health planners and providers, insurance providers and health care administrators. The work is conducted in workgroup teams and coordinated by a cross-sector leadership core team. Work is project specific, outcome driven, informed by data and primarily accomplished in small work groups. We encourage your participation by contacting the Team Leaders.

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HMIHC CORE TEAM

Bliss Kaneshiro, MD, MPH, FACOG HMIHC Chair, Professor, Director of the Family Planning Fellowship and Family Planning Division

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health

University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine

blissk@hawaii.edu

 

Althea (Momi) Kamau, MPH

Retired Maternal and Child Health Branch Chief

(808) 428-3868

momikmau@gmail.com

 

Betty Wood, PhD, MPH

Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development

Department of Health

(808) 586-4530

betty.wood@doh.hawaii.gov

 

Chevelle Davis, MPH

HMIHC Coordinator

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health

John A. Burns School of Medicine

cdavis@ucera.org

 

Cynthia Goto, MD

ACOG Representative

808-292-0456

cindygo@cjgoto.com

 

JoAnn Farnsworth, MS, Maternal & Child Health Consultant

Farnsworth Consulting

(808) 895-6097

jfarnsworth@hawaii.rr.com

 

Kathleen Libao-Laygo

Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Healthcare Association of Hawaii

klibao-laygo@hah.org

 

Kerrie Urosevich, PhD

Network Design and Collaboration

Early Childhood Action Strategy

kerrie@clnhawaii.org

 

Kimberly Arakaki

Maternal Child Health Branch

Department of Health

kimberly.arakaki@doh.hawaii.gov

 

Krista Olson, MC-MCH, CH, IBCLC

Maternal Child Health Specialist

Family Support Hawaii

kolson@fsswh.org

 

Le‘a Minton, MSN, APRN, CNM

Midwives Alliance of Hawaii

Breastfeeding Hawaii Coalition

lea.tiare@gmail.com

 

Lin Joseph

Director of Program Services

March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter

808-973-2152

hjoseph@marchofdimes.com

 

Lorilyn Salamanca, MS, RD

Program Support Section Chief

Department of Health – WIC Services Branch

(808) 586-8006

loriliyn.salamanca@doh.hawaii.gov

 

Sharon Thomas, MSN, RN

Department of Human Services

Med-QUEST Division

Health Care Services Branch

Quality and Member Relations Improvement Section

(808) 692-8161

sthomas2@dhs.hawaii.gov

 

Stacy Tsai, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology,

and Women’s Health

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

John A. Burns School of Medicine

paijong@hawaii.edu


EARLY CHILDHOOD ACTION STRATEGY CONVENERS

JoAnn Farnsworth, MS, Maternal & Child Health Consultant

jfarnsworth@hawaii.rr.com


TEAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Goals

  • Improve birth outcomes

  • Assure a healthy first year of life

Objectives

  1. Increase the share of pregnancies that are intended

  2. Improve pre-conception health

  3. Decrease alcohol, tobacco and substance use during pregnancy

  4. Decrease the incidence of SUIDS and SIDS

  5. Assure positive attachment between infants and caregivers

  6. Assure implementation of recommendations of maternal and infant mortality reviews

HMIHC Workgroups addressing these objectives in 2018-2020

  1. Expanded access to contraceptive care

    Contact: Sharon Thomas, sthomas2@dhs.hawaii.gov

  2. Implement state-wide breastfeeding plan to increase rates of breastfeeding

    Contact: Krista Olson, kolson@fsswh.org

  3. Improve integrated perinatal substance use treatment for mothers and babies

    Contact: JoAnn Farnsworth, jfarnsworth@hawaii.rr.com

  4. Addressing clinical issues of preterm birth

    Contact: Lin Joseph, hjoseph@marchofdimes.com

  5. Maternal Mortality Review / Child Death Review implementation

    Contact: Kim Arakaki, kimberly.arakaki@doh.hawaii.gov

We welcome your participation! Please reach out to workgroup contacts for more information about how to get involved.
We support neighbor-island travel.  Please contact Hide Wu at hide@ecashawaii.org for more information.


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One Key Question

 

An example of an HMIHC priority is One Key Question, an initiative that asks women of child-bearing age “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?”

One Key Question (OKQ) is an initiative created by Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH) that is a simple program designed to incorporate pregnancy intention screenings in primary care settings. Screening women for their pregnancy intentions could prove to be the proactive intervention needed to increase the proportion of pregnancies that are wanted, planned, and as healthy as possible.

The goal is to incorporate pregnancy intention screenings in routine and proactive settings, where patients are screened every 3 months to a year, regardless of the reason for the woman’s visit.

 

 


The Why, What and How of creating an integrated perinatal care coordination model for substance using Moms and Infants , JoAnn Farnsworth, January 2019

HMIHC Background & History, 2012-2016, J. Farnsworth Consulting, December 31, 2016

Pulama I Ke Ola Summit Materials