The ALOHA Project

Fall 2016 Screening Events

September 10 (8:00 AM-2:00 PM) – Life Care Center

September 24 (9:00 AM-1:00PM) – KTA Puainako

October 1 (8:30AM-12:30PM) – DKICP

October 8 (10:00AM-1:00PM) – KTA Waimea

November 5 (8:30AM-12:30PM) – DKICP

November 19 (9:00AM-1:00PM) – Longs (mina)

December 3 (8:30AM-12:30PM) – DKICP

Fall 2016 Meetings

LPLH 2 – September 7, 2016 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

LPLH 2 – October 20, 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)

LPLH 2 – November 10, 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:3o PM)

Spring 2016 Screening Events

JANUARY

30:
KTA Puainako
50 E. Puainako St., Hilo, HI 96720
8:30AM – 12:30PM

FEBRUARY

6:
Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
University of Hawaii at Hilo
722 South A’ohoku St., Hilo, HI 96720
8:30AM – 12:30PM

20:
KTA Waimea
65-1158 Mamalahoa Highway, Waiamea, HI 96743
10:00AM – 1:00PM

MARCH

5:
Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
University of Hawaii at Hilo
722 South A’ohoku St., Hilo, HI 96720
8:30AM – 12:30PM

12:
Long’s Pharmacy (previously known as Mina Pharmacy)
1251 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, HI 96720
9:00AM – 1:00PM

15:
University of Hawaii at Hilo’s campus center plaza
200 W. Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720
9:00AM – 1:00PM

APRIL

2:
Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
University of Hawaii at Hilo
722 South A’ohoku St., Hilo, HI 96720
8:30AM – 12:30PM

9:
KTA Puainako
50 E. Puainako St., Hilo, HI 96720
8:30AM – 12:30PM

30:
Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
University of Hawaii at Hilo
722 South A’ohoku St., Hilo, HI 96720
8:30AM – 12:30PM

DKICP students extend community service efforts to the island of O’ahu

By: Kelly Ishizuka, Student Pharmacist, Class of 2015; Ericson Ganotisi, Student Pharmacist, Class of 2015; Alysia Osugi, Student Pharmacist, Class of 2015; Tracey Niimi, Student Support Specialist

The A Life of Health & Awareness (A.L.O.H.A.) Project, a newly established student organization at The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy with an IRB-approved research protocol, extended its community outreach efforts and provided diet and lifestyle consultations and health screenings this past summer on the island of O’ahu.

The A.L.O.H.A. Project is a student-led community outreach organization comprised of 80 students that promotes health awareness and well-being. The Project offers patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol the opportunity to consult with student pharmacists under the supervision of Hawai’i licensed pharmacists and other healthcare professionals about their current health conditions and medications. Within the Hilo community, the A.L.O.H.A. Project has provided over 20 health screening and lifestyle consultation events at eight different locations.

DKICP students were given the opportunity to collaborate with medical students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) through the Hawai’i Homeless Outreach & Medical Education (H.O.M.E.) Project at their Waianae, Kapolei, and Downtown Honolulu locations.

The mission of the H.O.M.E. Project is “to improve the quality and access to health care for Hawaii’s homeless, while increasing student and physician awareness and understanding of the homeless and their healthcare needs”. Jae You, a fourth-year medical student added, “Since we are on different islands, it is rare to have the opportunity to collaborate with Student Pharmacists in a community outreach setting. This was a great way to network with future healthcare professional colleagues.” Working with the medical students and Dr. Jill Omori, Director of the H.O.M.E. Project, has not only allowed pharmacy students to gain a better understanding of the physician’s scope of practice, but also get a glimpse of a different community in need.

In addition to working with the H.O.M.E. Project, pharmacy students also collaborated with the Mina Pharmacy in Wahiawa. Li Tang, a Clinical Dietitian, offered her services and expertise in nutrition at this event. Over 10 DKICP students participated and 30 community members were screened at this event. Tang stated, “I am impressed with A.L.O.H.A. Project’s dedication by going beyond their local Hilo community to offer their excellent services.” These collaborative efforts emphasize the importance of working with other healthcare professionals to provide the best patient care. Team collaboration and effective communication are essential to ensure patient safety, especially in this day and age where health care delivery involves multiple health care practitioners.

In an effort to continue expanding the A.L.O.H.A. Project, students are in the process of extending services to the islands of Maui and Lana’i. The Project hopes to spread health awareness through interdisciplinary collaborations to communities not only in Hilo, but throughout the entire state of Hawai`i.

The A Life of Health and Awarness (ALOHA) Project: A Brief History

By: Ericson Ganotisi, Student Pharmacist, Class of 2015

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In Fall 2011, a group of student pharmacists embarked on a mission to establish a student-led organization to promote health and well-being by offering patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol the opportunity to consult with pharmacy and nursing students about their current health conditions and medications. After a year of planning, the A Life of Health & Awareness (ALOHA) Project came to fruition after receiving approval by the University of Hawaii Institutional Review Board to conduct research and funding from the Healthy Eating and Active Living grant through the Hawaii Island Beacon Community. “Our mission is to be a positive force for health and awareness in the community,” said Davis Hanai, ALOHA Project Manager and Co-chair. “It has been our dream that initiatives such as the ALOHA Project and other outreach projects will pave the way for the development of a free intercollaborative student-run clinic for Big Island residents someday.”

The Project has since made their presence as one of the most successful student organizations at the College with approximately 20 medication consultation and health screening events at local pharmacies during the 2012-2013 academic year. The Project has partnerships with KTA Superstores, Mina Pharmacy, Ululani Pharmacy, Shiigi Drug, Walgreens, Hilo Medical Center, Bay Clinic, and LifeCare Center of Hilo. Students, under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, volunteer their time to provide free consultations around medication management and diet and lifestyle modifications to prevent worsening of chronic diseases. “This is a great opportunity for community members to get more information and take steps to improve their quality of life,” said Ericson Ganotisi, Project Co-chair and Patient Education Coordinator. The ALOHA Project is not only making an impact in the community but in the lives of student volunteers as well. “I used to drink about four to six cans of soda a day,” Ericson added. “However, this project has given me the motivation to curve my addiction and I am happy to admit that I have been soda-free for over a year.”

The ALOHA Project has received funding from the Leadership Enrichment Fund to continue services and program development through the 2013-2014 academic year.

The ALOHA Project

Improving the Quality of Life of Our Community Through Free Health and Wellness Consultations.

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