Please join us for our inaugural conference, which will bring together healthcare and social service professionals from across the continuum of care to foster new partnerships, share skills and knowledge, and generate new ideas for collectively building a stronger, healthier Hawaii.
Dr. Ruben Juarez is a Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Hawaii. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO).
Dr. Juarez was granted the Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University in 2008 and has been a professor of Economics and UHERO member since then. His main research interests include microeconomics, especially focused in network economics and behavior of individuals in the presence of externalities, where he has publications at top field journals such as Games and Economics Behavior, Economic Theory and the International Journal of Game Theory.
He has prestigious research awards and consulting projects for a variety of institutions such as the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Institute of Health, the Hawaii Community Foundation, the Hawaii Medical Service Association and Kamehameha Schools.
His current project, Evaluating Community-Based Health Impact Using Social Networks, joint with Alika Maunakea and co-sponsored by HMSA Foundation and Kamehameha Schools, combines tools from economics and health to measure the impact of community-based programs on reducing risk for diseases of health disparities (i.e. obesity and diabetes) of participants in community programs and their social networks.
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD is the Science Director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. With her background in neuroscience and social psychology, she oversees the student fellowship program and runs key research initiatives like Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude.
She also co-teaches the BerkeleyX MOOC GG101x: The Science of Happiness, which has enrolled over 500,000 people worldwide, as well as the forthcoming Science of Happiness at Work Professional Certificate Series.
She serves as an expert voice on the biological underpinnings of social connection, in addition to empirically-supported approaches to improving interpersonal dynamics – like practicing mindfulness, and boosting empathy, compassion, gratitude, and generosity.
Alongside her academic and popular writing, Emiliana recently co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science, a transdisciplinary compendium of articles from world-class researchers. Overall, Emiliana conducts, shares, and offers practical means for applying science that connects well-being to social connection, caregiving, and collaboration for individuals, in relationships between people, within organizations, amongst communities, and society-wide.
Dr. Drew Ramsey is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute and received an M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. Today he is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice in New York City where his work focuses on the clinical treatment of depression and anxiety. Using the latest brain science and nutritional research, modern treatments, and an array of delicious food he aims to help people live to their happiest, healthiest lives. Dr. Ramsey is also the Chair of the Communication Council at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and will be presenting at the APA’s Annual meeting in New Your City in May 2018.
In short, Dr. Drew Ramsey is a psychiatrist, author, farmer, teacher, advocate, and bartender in no particular order. A recovered vegetarian and long-time proponent of the healing power of food, thanks to his work in psychiatry, Dr. Ramsey has melded his passion for both food and profession to become a leading proponent of using dietary change to help balance moods, sharpen brain function and improve mental health. Through this work Dr. Ramsey has authored three books including The Happiness Diet, the best-selling 50 Shades of Kale and his newest release – Eat Complete; the 21 Nutrients that fuel brain power, boost weight loss and transform your health.
Dr. Ramsey is the co-creator of The Brain Food Scale, co-founder of National Kale Day. He is a sought-after speaker and contributor including two TEDx talks and contributions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Prevention, and NPR, which named him a “kale evangelist.” And yes, that kale evangelist is a well-coined moniker for a man that has single handedly served up kale cocktails at events around the country, introduced hundreds of thousands to the power of kale and helped get kale on school menus around the country to proudly say that on National Kale Day hundreds of thousands of students enjoyed kale; many for the first time.
As a farmer and a psychiatrist Dr. Ramsey will assure you that the farm is the new pharma, there is no insurance policy for eating badly and your health starts at the end of your fork.
Dr. Kunz has been Executive Vice President of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and The Addiction Medicine Foundation (TAMF) since 2013, and has served as president of both of these. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and serves on the clinical faculty of the medical school. Dr. Kunz practiced primary care and addiction medicine on the Big Island for 33 years. Under his leadership over 4,000 physicians received national certification in addiction medicine; the field of addiction medicine gained recognition by the ABMS and the ACGME; and 55 one year addiction medicine fellowships have been established and accredited. Dr. Kunz has authored or co-authored multiple journal articles in the field of addiction medicine, and is a Section Editor for the field’s primary text, Principles of Addiction Medicine. In the forthcoming 6th edition of this text, he authored the chapter The Addiction Medicine Physician as a Change Agent for Prevention and Public Health.
Dr. Kunz has received recognition for his local, state and national work in addiction prevention and treatment, and has been a recipient of: the Clinician of the Year Award from the Hawaii Medical Association, Outstanding Service Award- Hawaii Island Rural Health Association, the Governor’s Kilohana Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, the Annual Award of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and this year the John P. McGovern Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. Dr. Kunz is focused on expanding the addiction medicine physician workforce and the development fellowship training programs for the purpose of bringing evidenced informed prevention and treatment to patients, families, communities and healthcare systems.
Addressing Social Determinants of Health
The purpose of this track is to share new knowledge with attendees that addresses social determinants of health and reduces health disparities. We invite you to submit a proposal to share you expertise on emerging trends and best practices that promote health equity and holistic models of health care.
Advancing Trauma-Informed Care in Primary Care and Behavioral Health Settings
The purpose of this track is to share insights and new knowledge that support the integration of trauma-informed care principles into practice. In addition, we are looking for presentations that will offer attendees information, tools, and solutions to promote workplace wellness, address compassion fatigue, and promote self-care for helping professionals.
Focusing on Behavioral Health Across the Lifespan
The purpose of this track is to introduce attendees to different interventions and best practices for promoting mental health and wellness among diverse populations. We welcome a broad range of presentations that will introduce practical skills for optimizing behavioral health and for better managing patients with complex behavioral health needs.
Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health
The purpose of this track is to educate providers, administrators, and other stakeholders to best practices and policies for integrating primary care and behavioral health in various settings across the continuum of care. We invite submissions that will offer attendees information, tools, and solutions to various integration related topics, including but not limited to: integrated care models, approaches to implementation, workforce challenges and opportunities, clinical practice guidelines, issues specific to operations and administration, and bringing innovation to scale.
7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast 3rd floor
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Vendor Fair/Exhibitors Hall Room 323B
8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome & Greetings Theater 320
8:45 am – 10:15 am Keynote Speaker: Transcending Burnout – Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD Theater 320
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 12:45 pm LUNCH Room 316A and B
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm Keynote Speaker: We Can Do Better: Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Addiction in Hawaii- Kevin Kunz, MD, MPH Theater 320
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast 3rd floor
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome & Introduction Theater 320
8:15 am – 9:45 am (Note: this is 90 min) Keynote Speaker – Drew Ramsey, MD
9:45 am – 10:00 am Break
10:00 am – 11:00 am
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Note: this is 90 min) Building a Dementia Capable Hawaii (60 minute panel and 30 minute Q&A)- Aida Wen, MD; Christy Nishita, PhD; and Ritabelle Fernandes, MD Room 324
11:00 am – 12:30 am Exhibitor Room/Networking Room 323B
11:30 am – 12:30 pm LUNCH/Time to visit Exhibitors Room
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Male Mental Health – Drew Ramsey, MD Theater 320
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm The Integration of Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care: An Example for Providers from a Local Implementation – Jared Medeiros, APRN; Sara Haack, MD; and Cori Takesue, PsyD Room 323A
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm AlohaCare’s Wai Wai Ola Program – Laura Esslinger Room 323C
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (Note: this is 90 min) The Facts About Human Trafficking in Hawaii – Shantae Williams, PsyD, and Veronica Lamb Room 324
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Exhibitor Room/Networking Room 323B
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Final Keynote Speaker: Reconnecting to ʻĀina: Enabling Sustainable Health – Ruben Juarez, PhD Theater 320
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Conference Close / Farewell Theater 320
$10,000 Event Sponsor (2 available)
$5,000 Gold Sponsor (5 available)
$3,000 Silver Sponsor (5 available)
$1,000 Bronze Sponsor (10 available)
NOTE: Bronze Sponsorship does not include an Exhibitor Table. An Exhibitor Table may be sponsored at an additional cost. See Exhibitor Table pricing below
NOTE: Exhibitor Tables do not include complimentary conference registration(s)
NOTE: Exhibitor Tables do not include complimentary conference registration(s)
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Hawai‘i Pacific Health and the Health Care Association of Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i Pacific Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
For Physicians we are offering CME
Hawai‘i Pacific Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s) ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.
For Nurses we are offering ANCC Contact Hours
Hawai‘i Pacific Health designates this live activity for 11.0 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
For Pharmacists we are offering continuing education credits
Hawai‘i Pacific Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is assigned Universal Activity Number (UAN) JA4006398-0000-18-007-L06-P and is accredited for 11.0 hours for attendance at the entire CE session.
For Social Workers
This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers – Hawai’i Chapter (Approval HI62792019-7) for up to 11 Social Work continuing education contact hour(s).
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