Better Health, Better Life: Newsletters
President and CEO
After overcoming such extraordinary tribulations this past year, thoughts of what this new year might hold started to permeate. Now is the time to come together and repair, bringing forth a better and brighter future. Themes such as resilience, gratitude, self-care, empathy, unity, and the like, came to mind. We at UHA whole-heartedly believe that there is goodness in togetherness. If we can care for others the way we care for ourselves and our o’hana, that will only make us stronger.
In pondering bringing forth positive change, I was inspired by a favorite mantra of mine. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” This mantra is about faith and courage; being content and in a serene state, while being bold to make a change for the better.
These words remind me to be grateful for each day I am given. I will start my day by making my bed, and then continue by taking gradual steps to make a difference. Steps such as wearing a mask, upkeeping good hygiene, social distancing and getting the COVID-19 vaccine once made available to me. I will live each day inspired to facilitate positive change and help others to find their passions and purpose. By taking these steps, I know that I am doing my part to support a better future.
So, my message to those who are working tirelessly to better the community or even the world; take it one day at a time. Start by facilitating positive change, find your passions and purpose, and be bold enough to help others do the same. Let’s focus our energy on positivity, coming together and caring for one another as o’hana.
Dr. Kathleen Kozak, MD
It might just be a cough, slight cold symptoms, or it could be extremely high fevers, severe body aches, and feeling like you can’t breathe. Getting COVID-19 has the potential to cause symptoms serious enough to require being hospitalized and even being put on a ventilator, for patients who are sick enough that they can’t breathe on their own.
Locally in Hawaii most of the cases have been on Oahu, but almost every island has been affected. Over 25,000 confirmed cases thus far, and over 330 fatalities.
One way to get protected is to get the COVID-19 vaccine. There are several types available, and it’s covered 100% by your UHA plan at no cost to you. The Department of Health has a plan to make sure that anyone who wants to get the vaccine will be able to get it by the middle of summer.
Although some people have reported side effects, millions of people have received the vaccine safely and have not had any problems. Check with your primary care physician to find out when you are eligible to receive the shot and any precautions you should take.
If you have questions, want to register to receive the vaccine, or have any other concerns, check out the latest information at hawaiicovid19.com or cdc.gov.
RN Care Specialist
RN Care Specialist
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) does not happen overnight. You may not have symptoms until your kidneys are actually failing. While CKD is progressive, it can be slowed down, or even in some cases, stopped. High blood pressure and diabetes are two of the most common causes of CKD. Controlling these conditions can help protect the kidneys from getting worse.
We offer free classes with Dr. Ramona Wong through Aloha Kidney for anyone who wants to learn about keeping kidneys healthy and functioning. During the pandemic, Aloha Kidney is now offered virtually. You can enjoy the classes wherever and whenever you want. Each class targets a different area about CKD and kidney health. They range from eating a kidney-friendly diet to understanding lab tests and medications. You’ll also learn how to navigate your options if your kidneys do fail. If you or a loved one has CKD, it’s never too late to learn more.
Our UHA nurse care managers can work closely with you and your doctors to improve your kidney health. They can also help you identify and plan for your overall health and life goals.
Members with different stages of CKD have shared their positive feedback of Aloha Kidney. They say the classes were practical and easy to follow. Examples of how they applied Aloha Kidney to their daily lives include how to practice stress-relieving activities, make better food choices, and identify potentially harmful medications.
UHA offers rich benefits that can help slow down CKD. These benefits can include nutritional counseling, smoking cessation programs, and diabetes management classes. Combining Aloha Kidney with these other programs allows our members to maintain good kidney function. Our nurses can also help you coordinate these options to optimize your overall health. To learn more about CKD, visit our website for information and additional resources.
Call our UHA Health Care Services Department at 808.532.4006 to learn more or if you are interested in Nurse Care Management.