VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
Director's Message May 7, 2021
The VA Pacific Islands Health Care System (VAPIHCS) announced that it will hold a virtual listening session with stakeholders 11 a.m. (Hawaii Time) Friday, May 21 to hear from Veterans and the communities VAPIHCS serves.
This is one of 50 public virtual listening sessions across the country from March through June 2021 to hear from Veterans on how to design a health care system of the future and grow services for Veterans in a way that reinforces VA’s role as a leader in the U.S. health care system.
“We want to hear from Veterans and other stakeholders in the communities VA serves and understand their vision for VA health care,” said Dr. Adam Robinson, director VAPIHCS, “VAPIHCS’s goal is to collaborate closely with Veterans and other stakeholders to build the best VA health care system that meets the needs of Veterans today and for generations to come.”
These listening sessions represent an exciting opportunity for Veterans to help VA reimagine how VA delivers care in an equitable, high quality, Veteran-centered manner and develop a plan for investing in VA’s aging infrastructure. The feedback will be used to develop the recommendations VA submits to the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission in January 2022. The AIR Commission will also conduct public hearings as part of their review of VA’s recommendations before submitting its recommendations to the President and Congress for review and approval in 2023.
To register for VAPIHCS’ listening session, please visit https://www.va.gov/HEALTHPOLICYPLANNING/listening.asp.
Mental Health Month – Using the theme One Step Today, VA’s May 2021 Mental Health Month (MHM) campaign will encourage help-seeking behavior in Veterans and promote the idea that making small changes can lead to improvements in mental health. The theme will emphasize building a better future by taking a step today — with support from family members, friends, members of the community, and professional health care providers — that will make a meaningful difference.
Nurses Month – It is an honor to recognize VA’s nearly 113,000 outstanding nurses during Nurses’ Month and throughout the year. Especially this year, as nurses have been so instrumental in the care VA has provided to Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic, we in VA owe this dedicated and resilient group of healthcare professionals a debt of gratitude.
Military Appreciation Month – Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation for troops past and present. This month includes Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.
One Team, One Ohana!
Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, MBA, CPE
Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
VADM, MC, USN, (RET)
36th Surgeon General, USN
Mass Vaccine Event
We are now offering vaccinations to all Veterans, spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA recipients.
Call 1-800-214-1306 for an appointment
VA remains committed to vaccine safety and further outreach as vaccinations continue. While the pace of vaccinations has slowed across the Nation, VHA has administered more than 5.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans, spouses, and caregivers. Supply is no longer the issue; now we need to continue to promote vaccinations in the face of misinformation, distrust of government and concerns about safety.
All Veterans, their spouses and caregivers are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“One and Done” with only one required dose, the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is providing our Veterans, spouses, and caregivers an option to receive their vaccinations and be “One and Done”.
VAPIHCS has more than 3,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines that must be administered by June 23rd.
Call to secure an appointment: 1-800-214-1306
VAPIHCS will be hosting mass COVID Vaccine distribution events.
Upcoming Vaccine Events
- Spark Matsunaga Medical Center: ACC Vaccine Clinic starting 15 May – vaccines will be given on Weds
- May 15 - Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Taking Charge of Your Life & Health Though VA Services”
- May 19 – Laie Outreach Vaccine: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. “One and Done” Laie Foodland Parking lot
Walk-ins are available on a first come, first served basis
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. on AM830, KHVH with Rick Hamada
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. on AM690, The Answer - Aligned with Veterans hour with Mike Buck