Med School Puts Best Face Forward To Lawmakers

JABSOM

As a medical doctor, state Sen. Josh Green knows the health needs of the residents his Big Island district of Kona and Kau.

What he may not have known is that three social workers who graduated from the University of Hawaii work in District 3. Or that 24.2 percent of the South Kona adult population smokes. Or that there have been significant shifts in use and attitudes of crystal methamphetamine among teens and young adults.

That information is detailed in the John A. Burns School of Medicine's annual report to the 2013 Hawaii Legislature, which represents a new initiative on the part of JABSOM officials to keep lawmakers abreast of select education, research, community services and outreach in their districts — all 76 of them.

It's intentional — a way of showing thanks to the Legislature for its continued financial support, and to keep the funding coming.

Green, who has pushed his colleagues to increase the number of doctors in rural districts, likes what he sees.

"I do like the detail," he told Civil Beat. "I figure the more information about where physicians and provider shortages exist, the better."

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