2018 Inaugural Healthcare Conference

September 20 & 21, 2018, The Convention Center

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) & Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation (HHERF) presents

2018 Inaugural Healthcare Conference:
Building a Stronger, Healthier Hawaii: Integrate, Innovate & Inspire

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.  Information regarding registration, sponsorships, and workshops is forthcoming.


Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline: May 19, 2018, 11:59 HST
Acceptance Notification: June 1, 2018

The 2018 HAH Inaugural Conference aims to engage and inspire professionals from across various healthcare and social service systems to advance our collective goal of building a stronger, healthier Hawaii. We invite and encourage you to consider sharing your knowledge and subject matter expertise to inspire, engage, and challenge health care and social service professionals in Hawaii to advance the greater good and health of our community.

The HAH is pleased to offer FREE REGISTRATION to all primary presenters and to one (1) co-presenter whose proposals are accepted and approved by the conference planning committee. The HAH may waive additional registration fees on a case-by-case basis.

We are excited to announce that we are accepting proposals for presentations that focus on addressing social determinants of health, advancing trauma-informed care in primary care and behavioral health settings, focusing on behavioral health across the lifespan, or integrating primary and behavioral health care.

Conference Tracks

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.

We welcome and encourage you to consider other potential topics within these four themes to inspire, engage, and challenge our conference attendees. Proposals should be interactive, engaging, and relevant.

Presentation Formats

There are four presentation formats for presenters to choose from, including interactive workshops, panel discussions, or themed (track-specific) individual or group presentations. Each session will be 60 or 90 minutes in length.

Interactive Workshop

Interactive workshops begin with explanatory or introductory information and then move on to involve participants in some type of interactive, participatory activity. Workshops are particularly well suited for demonstrations, learning new skills or procedures. HAH is open to dedicating more than 1 breakout session to an interactive workshop.

Panel Discussion

In panel discussions, two or more speakers will present different aspects, perspectives or thoughts on a particular topic, research problem, or question. 90 minutes will be dedicated to all panel discussions.

Themed Session (Individual or Group Presentation): Evidence-Based Practice, Best Practice, or Promising Practice

In themed sessions that focus on evidence-based and promising practices, presenters review completed research or other scholarly work specific to one or more conference themes. Themed sessions are often didactic and offer practical information to help participants increase their understanding and skill in a particular area, topic or program.

Themed Session 2 (Individual or Group Presentation): Practice-Based Evidence or Culture-Centered Practice

In themed sessions that focus on practice-based evidence or culture-centered practices (i.e., “practices are informed and guided by the cultural beliefs, customary helping rituals, and social structures that originate” within a specific population of focus, SAMHSA, 2017), presenters identify innovations in practice that have resulted in positive change or outcomes specific to one or more conference themes. Themed sessions are often didactic and offer practical information to help participants increase their understanding and skill in a particular area, topic or program.


All proposals must be submitted online by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018hahconference. The HAH recommends reviewing the list below before submitting applications online. Applicants must submit the following information:

  • Presenter(s) contact information, license(s)/credential(s)
  • Short biography for each presenter (100 words maximum)
  • Word or PDF version of each presenter’s curriculum vitae or resume
  • Presentation title (200 characters maximum)
  • Presentation abstract (150 words maximum)
  • Word or PDF version of the presentation summary and outline
    • The summary should include, at minimum, the following information: (1) main points to be covered in your presentation, including practical applications; (2) relevance to the selected theme; and (3) intended audience.
    • On a separate page, organize an outline or agenda of your presentation.
  • Presentation format (see above)
  • Three to five learning objectives or learning outcomes.
  • Estimated length of time needed for presentation
  • Description of accompanying materials or handouts


Speaker Bios

Ruben Juarez, PhD

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

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.

Drew Ramsey, MD

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.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Information forthcoming