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UH Hilo hosts Pulama I Ke Ola Healthcare Conference

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Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

“Valuing Our Future and Our Past” is the theme of the second Pulama I Ke Ola Healthcare Conference, scheduled for Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo . The conference, hosted by the UH Hilo BSN Nursing Program in cooperation with Ke Anuenue AHEC Health Education Center, will focus on health issues of youth and the elderly.

Thursday’s keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Chi, director of UH Hilo’s Office of Technology and Distance Learning, on “Healthcare Education for the 21st Century.” At 5 p.m. Thursday, kumu hula and chanter Charles Ka‘upu will speak on “The Role Kupuna Play in Traditional Hawaiian Culture.”

On Friday, the keynote speaker is Dr. Linda Tom with “Updates and Current Concepts in Geriatric Medicine.” Other presentations include topics such as childhood obesity, pediatric oral health, dementia and other end-of-life issues, massage, tai chi, and nutrition and healthy food preparation, and self-help.

The conference is open to healthcare professionals, college students in health care and science majors and high school students interested in health care careers. High school students will have their own activities, including a special display by the Bishop Museum called “Medical Mysteries.”

The conference is also sponsoring art and essay contests for high school students with cash prizes for the top three artists and essayists. The contest deadline is May 6.

For registration or more information about the professional and/or high school programs, conference fees, and the high school art and essay contest rules, call Ke Anuenue AHEC at 935-8658 or go online at http://keanuenue.org/~pulamaconference/.


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