HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1616

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2014

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO HEALTH PLANNING.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the World Health Organization, the United States Department of Health and Human Services's Healthy People 2020, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all recognize social determinants of health as the single most important factor in individual and population health outcomes, more so than genetic disposition or medical care. The legislature further finds that the Hawaii State Planning Act does not explicitly recognize social determinants of health as an important component of health planning.

The legislature also notes that the October 2013 report, "Assessment and Priorities for Health & Well-Being in Native Hawaiians & Other Pacific Peoples", by the John A. Burns School of Medicine, identifies a number of social and other determinants of health for Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, and Filipinos, who as a collective continue to have disparate health outcomes compared to the rest of the state population. The legislature finds that reducing these health disparities through a social determinants of health approach may directly and indirectly improve health outcomes and the quality of life for Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, and all residents of the State.

The purpose of this Act is to update the Hawaii State Planning Act's objectives for health to include a commitment to eliminating health disparities by explicitly addressing social determinants of health in order to reflect the latest medical findings relating to the health needs of Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, and Filipinos.

SECTION 2. Section 226-20, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"226-20 Objectives and policies for socio-cultural advancement--health. (a) Planning for the State's socio-cultural advancement with regard to health shall be directed towards achievement of the following objectives:

(1) Fulfillment of basic individual health needs of the general public[.];

(2) Maintenance of sanitary and environmentally healthful conditions in [Hawaii's] Hawaii's communities[.]; and

(3) Elimination of health disparities by identifying and addressing social determinants of health.

(b) To achieve the health objectives, it shall be the policy of this State to:

(1) Provide adequate and accessible services and facilities for prevention and treatment of physical and mental health problems, including substance abuse[.];

(2) Encourage improved cooperation among public and private sectors in the provision of health care to accommodate the total health needs of individuals throughout the State[.];

(3) Encourage public and private efforts to develop and promote statewide and local strategies to reduce health care and related insurance costs[.];

(4) Foster an awareness of the need for personal health maintenance and preventive health care through education and other measures[.];

(5) Provide programs, services, and activities that ensure environmentally healthful and sanitary conditions[.];

(6) Improve the State's capabilities in preventing contamination by pesticides and other potentially hazardous substances through increased coordination, education, monitoring, and enforcement[.]; and

(7) Prioritize programs, services, interventions, and activities that address identified social determinants of health to reduce health disparities of Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, and Filipinos."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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BY REQUEST


 


 

Report Title:

OHA Package; State Planning Act; Health Disparities

 

Description:

Adds to the Hawaii State Planning Act's objectives and policies for health the identification of social determinants of health to reduce health disparities among Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, and Filipinos.

 

 

 

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