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Community briefs for January 11

Ka‘u health program OK’d

The Ka‘u Rural Health Community Association Inc. (KRHCAI) board of directors announces that funding to support the Ka‘u Rural Health Academy program — a demonstration project that focuses on health, education, research opportunities and economic sustainability — has been provided by the HMSA Foundation.

Association President Jessie Marques said the program will 1) provide and promote health and wellness education and illness prevention; 2) establish a Youth Mentoring Program that fosters health career pathways, education, training and employment opportunities, and 3) introduce consumers to the use of health information and technology in the health care industry. The project is slated to begin in March and is open to the general public.

Applications are now being taken for an office manager and program assistant. Interested applicants are invited to mail a resume to: KRHCAI, P.O. Box 878, Pahala, HI 96777. The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 21.

Hospice offers grief workshop

Hospice of Hilo will be sponsoring “The Journey of Grief: Living with Loss,” a three-part community workshop for three Wednesdays, Jan. 16-30, at 5:30 p.m. The workshops are free of charge.

On Jan. 16, the workshop’s theme will be “Understanding Grief.”

“Grief is often an unexpected and unwelcomed emotion. Exploring the process of grief can help us understand how it affects us and others around us,” said Hospice of Hilo Community Bereavement Counselor Cathy Hough. “To be alive is to experience loss and as a result of these losses, we grieve. … Grief is hard work and is often eased by the support of others.”

On Jan. 23, the topic of the workshop will be “Helping Children Grieve.”

“It is important for the well-being of the child that adults have an understanding of how children experience grief and loss and what you as an adult can do to help,” said Hospice of Hilo Children’s Bereavement Counselor Fujio Sato.

And on Jan. 30, Hospice will be showing the film “The Gift of Grief” by Nancee Sobonya. The film shares the story of seven people who have experienced loss, yet found a way to transform their grief into greater understanding.

Call Hospice of Hilo for more information and to register for The Journey of Grief workshops at 969-1733.


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