LIFEBeat, February 2008 (PDF) by Aja Duniven


									                       L I F E                                                          F O U N D A T I O N ’ S                     M O N T H L Y             N E W S L E T T E R

                           .......................................................   GOING BACK TO WORK
                                                                                        Improved HIV treatments are          Remember that your               on Wednesday, February 13th at
                                                                                     allowing many people to live          HIV status is confidential          12:30 p.m. at Life Foundation
                                                                                     longer, healthier lives. Some         information. You have no           for lunch and a presentation on
       Established in 1983,
                                                                                     people who gave up their jobs         obligation to disclose to a        re-entering the workforce while
        Life Foundation is a
                                                                                     because of their illness are now      prospective or present employer.   living with HIV. No need to
      non-profit tax-exempt
                                                                                     feeling well enough to consider         Want to learn more? Join us      RSVP, just show up!
         organization that is
                                                                                     returning to work.
      dedicated to stopping
                                                                                        Returning to work and feeling
   the spread of HIV and to
                                                                                     productive can improve your
   assisting people who are
                                                                                     self-image and make you feel
                 living with
                                                                                     better about yourself. However,
             HIV and AIDS.
                                                                                     the idea of re-entering the
                                                                                     workforce can also trigger fears
       Anyone seeking HIV
                                                                                     and concerns.
              information or
                                                                                        Start with an attitude check. If
     assistance can call the
                                                                                     you expect to drag yourself to a
         Life Foundation at
                                                                                     hateful job with hateful people,
                                                                                     you’ll probably get that. If you
   (521-2437). All services
                                                                                     expect to learn, expand your
     are free and absolutely
                                                                                     skills, and enjoy the benefits of
                                                                                     working, you’ll probably get
          Life Foundation
      677 Ala Moana Blvd.
                 Suite 226

                                                                                     CITY GRANT ASSISTS LEEWARD COAST
       Honolulu, HI 96813
           (808) 521-2437
                                                                                     HIV OUTREACH PROGRAM
                                                                                                                                       In December 2007, Life Foundation was among
                                                                                                                                      25 non-profit community organizations on O’ahu to
                                                                                                                                      receive a grant from the city to provide community-
       INSIDE...                                                                                                                      building assistance to the Leeward Coast.
     News To Use ......2                                                                                                               In a written statement, Mayor Mufi Hanneman said
   HIV/AIDS Info.......3                                                                                                              “These grants to the non-profit organizations serving
                                                                                                                                      the Leeward Coast help to offset the burden residents
   Client Services.......4
                                                                                                                                      bear for housing O’ahu’s only landfill.”
   Peer Support                                                                                                                        Life Foundation will be utilizing its $16,700 grant to
    For Positives........5                                                                                                            support its HIV testing and outreach to people living
                                                                                                                                      with HIV and AIDS on the Leeward Coast. Outreach
     Get Involved.......6
                                                                                                                                      to this area is a priority in Life Foundation’s 2008
          Calendar......7                                                                                                             work, and is already supported by grant funding from
Voice of HIV/AIDS......8                                                                                                              the Office of Minority Health.

                                                                                               A MESSAGE FROM
     2007-08                                                                                   PAUL GROESBECK
     DIRECTORS                                                                                 Aloha,                             year has begun.
           President                                                                              At the end of every year,       in 2008, we will
         HARRY BYERLY                                                                          I gather the Life Foundation       put a lot of effort
     Hawaii Pacific University                                                                  staff together to light a candle   into reaching out
    Vice President                                                                             for each of our clients who        to the people who
      BRUCE SHIRAMIZU                                                                          died during the past twelve        do not reach out to
        Hawaii AIDS Clinical                                                                   months. On December 28, we         us. We will focus                   be seeking accreditation
          Research Program                                                                     acknowledged fourteen people       a fair amount of attention          by a nationally recognized
                                                                                               whom we lost in 2007. Their                                            accrediting body. This
2nd Vice President
                                                                                               names were Margaret, Richard,                                          undoubtedly tedious effort will
       MICHAEL GARCIA                                                                          Kee, Humphrey, Jason, Ross,                                            help us review every aspect of
         Oceanic Time Warner

                                                                                               Lionel, Karl, Edgardo, Jean-
                                                                                               Claude, Clayton, Stephen,                  2008                        Life Foundation with the goal
                                                                                                                                                                      of establishing and maintaining
             TRACY WOO                                                                         Mary and Darrell.                      WE WILL REACH                   the highest possible standards
    The Queen’s Health System                                                                     In the past five years, we         OUT TO PEOPLE WHO                 of service delivery and
                                                                                               have had 78 client deaths.             DO NOT REACH                    accountability. We owe that to
           Secretary                                                                           In my first five years here,               OUT TO US.                    the people who need our help,
      RON CANNERELLA                                                                           between 1992 and 1997, the                                             and we owe it to our longtime
         Department of Land                                                                    number was 373. This is a                                              supporters and to the folks we
         & Natural Resources                                                                   significant improvement, but        in the Leeward area of the          hope will join us in the fight
                                                                                               provides small solace to the       island, offering free and           against AIDS in the future.
             Members                                                                           friends and families of the        anonymous HIV testing and             May the New Year bring
             Starbucks Coffee                                                                  people for whom we lit these       case management follow-up.          hope, health, happiness and
                                                                                               candles.                           People who think they may           peace to you and us all.
          LEHUA BONGO                                                                             Of my various year-end          have been exposed to HIV will
     Juvenile Detention Center                                                                 tasks and traditions, I do not     not have to come to us; we will
                                                                                               look forward to my annual          go to them. We will continue
       CLIFFORD CHANG                                                                          candle-buying visit to Longs. I    to emphasize the important
               Pacific Islands                                                                  would prefer to make the trip      message: “There is no shame         Paul Groesbeck
     Primary Care Association                                                                  to purchase champagne and          in getting tested. There is no      Executive Director
   FERNANDO DE HOYOS                                                                           celebrate a death-free year. It    shame in acquiring medical
      Volunteer & Community                                                                    will come.                         care for AIDS.”
               Representative                                                                     In the meantime, another           Organizationally, we will

             Papa Ola Lokahi

                  Pediatrician                                                                 FREE STUFF!
        TRAVIS N. GRAY                                                                         Life Foundation occasionally gets items donated that are available to clients for free! If you are
          University of Hawaii                                                                 interested in any of the items below, please contact your case manager at 521-AIDS.
      DAVID JOHN, MD                                                                           Please remember that you must pick up the items at Life Foundation. Your case manager or
   The Queen’s Medical Center                                                                  a volunteer will not be able to deliver the items to you.

            JIM JENNINGS                                                                       Available items:

      Communications-Pacific                                                                             - Clothing
                                                                                                        - Christmas decorations
           DAN MOLNAR
             AssistGuide, Inc.                                                                          - Baby items
                                                                                                        - Adult diapers
               ALAN YUE                                                                                 - Baseball caps
               PreNetSys, Inc.                                                                          - Luggage
                                                                                                        - Purses
                                                                                                       - Linens
                                                                                                                                       News to Use
It’s Never Too Early (or late) to
Take Charge of Your Health!

   Developing a comprehensive         reduce side effects of therapies    to success. If you never go
health plan is something that’s       and increase the likelihood that    to a gym, then committing to           Check Out
better done sooner rather than        you will benefit from therapies.     stretching a few minutes each          Group
later. This means a plan that         Also, if you choose not to use      day is one way to start. You           Therapy!
addresses the health of your          therapies, strengthening your       could also simply take a walk
whole being. It includes the          body will help it fight disease      around the block and then              Life Foundation is
health of your body (biological       and remain healthy.                 extend your walking distance           offering a new therapy
health), mind (psychological             Get Enough Sleep: Eight          over time.                             group facilitated by Susan
health), spirit (spiritual health),   hours a night is recommended.          The Spirit: A number                Mah, licensed clinical
and community (social health).        This isn’t possible for everyone,   of studies suggest that people
   Each area is connected to one
                                                                                                                 social worker and Life
                                      especially women with young         facing life-threatening diseases
another. Improving health in one      children and infants. But if you    who have a strong spiritual
                                                                                                                 Foundation HIV care
has benefits in other areas too.       only sleep five hours a night,       foundation live longer and have        services director.
Studies show that people facing       then five hours and fifteen           better quality of life. Whether
life-threatening illnesses who        minutes is an improvement!          that foundation rests in Judaism,      The group is held each
address health holistically live         Reduce Stress: Chemicals         Christianity, Buddhism, Islam,         Thursday from 4:00 - 5:30
longer and have better quality        released in the body when           native spiritual beliefs or
of life. Some people think
                                                                                                                 p.m. Interested? Please
                                      you are stressed weaken your        religions of nature may be less
holistic means excluding things,                                          important than nurturing a
                                                                                                                 contact Susan at 521-
                                      immune system. A recent study
like medicines. Rather, it is an                                          spiritual well-being that supports     2437 ext. 225 for a brief
                                      suggests that stress decreases
inclusive approach that uses          the benefit of anti-HIV therapy.     your beliefs in a personally           screening.
medicines as needed, but also         Taking time for yourself,           meaningful and life-affirming
addresses other needs.                meditating, talking with friends    way.
   The Mind: It’s easy to see         about what’s going on in your         The Community:
how improving the body might          life and seeking support are all    Social networks are critical
have a positive impact on your        ways to promote health and          to promoting health and well-
psychological health. Reducing        reduce stress.                      being. Improving social health
stress not only strengthens the          Eat Well: HIV hangs out          might mean changing the
immune system, but it also            in lymph tissue. Eighty percent     relationships you have, like
clears the head! Many people          of the lymph tissue in the body     ending relationships that are
with HIV experience depression,       is in the gut, where food and       harmful. It might mean nurturing
especially people who are co-         nutrients are absorbed into the     and strengthening existing or
infected with HIV and hepatitis                                           new relationships. Social health       LifeBeat is the monthly
                                      body. Eating three balanced
B or C. A disproportionate                                                is also about giving back to the       newsletter of Life
                                      meals daily is a good way to
number of people live with both                                           community. This might include          Foundation.
                                      improve nutrition. Improve your
HIV and mental illness. Some          diet gradually, in ways you can     volunteer work, becoming               Comments and questions
mental illnesses may be caused,       sustain and fit into your life.      involved in civic activities or        can be sent to:
sustained or worsened by HIV.         Sudden and dramatic changes         starting a buddy network of
Seeing a therapist, especially        in diet can cause stomach upset     people who help each other.            Life Foundation
one with HIV experience, can          and other problems                     These are just a few things         Melanie Moore
help you manage the unique                                                to start thinking about when           677 Ala Moana Blvd.
challenges of living with                Exercise: Blood and other
                                                                          building a holistic foundation of      Suite 226
HIV. Seeking support groups           fluids move more effectively
                                                                          health.                                Honolulu, HI 96813
with professional facilitation        through the body when our
                                                                           Resources for exploring and           808-521-2437 ext. 252
is another option. Resolving          hearts beat faster and when
                                                                          promoting psychological,     
tensions or resentments, dealing      muscles move. Keeping things
                                      moving helps your cells get to      spiritual and social health are
with your fears, addressing

                                      where they need to be, moves        available at Life Foundation.
depression and diagnosing and                                             Contact your case manager at
managing mental illness all help      oxygen throughout your body
                                      and helps keep you healthy.         521-AIDS.
to improve your psychological                                                Article courtesy of Project
health.                               Aerobic exercise -- like walking,
                                      running, swimming and biking        Inform.
    The Body: Building a              -- is particularly good for
strong foundation of biological       keeping things moving. Again,
health will strengthen your body,     gradual improvements are key

                                           HIV/AIDS Info
                                                                                                WELCOME KEOLA, MAYLA AND JEN!
                                                                                                Please join us in welcoming three new members to the Life Foundation team!

                                                                                                Keola Chan will be working under our Office of Minority Health grant as an HIV prevention
                                                                                                specialist. In this role, he will do prevention and outreach work as well as: (1) serve as a liaison
                                                                                                between Life Foundation and other native Hawaiian agencies to promote awareness and combat
                                                                                                stigma/shame surrounding HIV/AIDS; (2) provide native Hawaiian healing services to clients, such as
                                                                                                lomilomi and ho’oponopono.

                                                                                                Also joining the team is Mayla Adolph Ngirausui. Mayla moved here last year from Palau,
                                                                                                where she worked with a HIV program. She will also be working on the new Office of Minority
   Individual                                                                                   Health grant team with Keola, reaching out to the Micronesian community and coordinating our new
Therapy Now                                                                                     Med Buddies program. The Med Buddies program will connect clients with good adherence to their
  Available!                                                                                    HIV medication regime with clients who are not treatment adherent.

    Case Management interns                                                                     Jennifer Mason started with Life Foundation in early January, and is working with our HIV
                                                                                                prevention team to provide outreach and education to women at risk. Jennifer joins Mia Evans and
     are now available to see
                                                                                                Jaimie Kahale to round out the women’s team.
clients for individual therapy.
                                                                                                We are excited to have Keola, Jen and Mayla on board! If you would like to contact them or have any
             To schedule an                                                                     questions about the services they will provide, please call 521-AIDS.
       appointment, contact
     Susan Mah at 853-3225
                   or email

                                                                                                CHECK OUT A SUPPORT GROUP!
                                                                                                If you’re not already part of a support group at Life Foundation, check these out!

                                                                                                Gay Men’s Support Group: Held every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch is served
                                                                                                after the group ends.

                                                                                                Hepatitis Seminar Dinner and Speaker Series: Information for
                                                                                                those co-infected with hepatitis and HIV. Held the third Thursday         TURN THE PAGE
                                                                                                of each month from 6 - 8:30 p.m. This month, new research
                                                                                                                                                                          TO THE CLIENT
                                                                                                treatment findings from Dr. Alan Tice’s patients in a seminar
                                                                                                entitled “Hepatitis C; Treatment outcomes among patients in             CALENDAR ON PAGE
                                                                                                                                                                         7 FOR MORE INFO!

                                                                                                Ali‘imalu: Check out Life Foundation’s support group for straight
                                                                                                men, held on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                Pupus served.

                                                                                                HIV Open Support Group: Anyone can attend! Held each Friday from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                Dinner is served following the group at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                        Client Services

   HIV is on the rise in             free HIV testing or services for      year, the retreat brought together
native Hawaiian and Pacific           people living with HIV.               members of the native Hawaiian
Islander communities here in            Life Foundation is working on      and Pacific Islander population,
Hawai‘i and around the world.        reversing this trend by focusing      both HIV positive and negative,
Currently, more than 20% of                                                to learn about HIV and AIDS                                         Straight
Life Foundation’s HIV positive
clients are native Hawaiian or
                                               HIV                         and what resources are available
                                                                           to them.
                                           IS ON THE                                                                                           Retreat a
Pacific Islander.                         RISE IN NATIVE                       The 5th annual retreat was
   As family and community               HAWAIIAN AND                      held the first weekend of
play major roles in these               PACIFIC ISLANDER                   December 2007. The event
                                                                                                                                               On January 4-6, 2008,
cultures, shame and stigma               POPULATIONS                       brought together more than 100
surrounding HIV and AIDS have                                              participants who celebrated                                         Life Foundation’s
a large impact in people’s ability                                         their culture through dance and                                     support group for
to access HIV services, for fear     HIV prevention efforts on native      traditional ceremonies.                                             straight men living with
of bringing shame upon their         Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders           The retreat also focused on                                      HIV, called Ali’i-Malu,
families.                            in Hawai‘i.                           a series of workshops to build                                      held a retreat at Waikiki
   As a result, many native             Part of this effort was the        self-esteem and learn about HIV                                     Ohana Islander.
Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders       annual Native Hawaiian and            prevention, testing, and care.
do not access Life Foundation’s      Pacific Islander retreat. In its 5th
                                                                                                                                               During this time
                                                                                                                                               the men were able
                                                                                                                                               to receive various
                                                                                                                                               educational lectures
                                                                                                                                               on nutrition, safe sex,
                                                                                                                                               and disclosure issues,
                                                                                                                                               as well as having
                                                                                                                                               the chance to bond
                                                                                                                                               with peers who share
                                                                                                                                               common issues.

                                                                                                                                               Thank you to everyone

      Participants of the 5th annual Life Foundation Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander retreat.


                                Peer Support for Positives

6   Let our opportunities overshadow our grievances.
    --Booker T. Washington (educator and writer)

                                 Get Involved
                         February 2008
        Mon                  Tues                        Wed                      Thurs                      Fri
                              Regular client service hours
                                    are as follows:
                                                                                                          Open Support
                        Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,                                    5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
                        except Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
                                    for staff meetings.                                                      Dinner
                                                                                                         6:30-7:30 p.m.

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                                                  Gay Men’s Group                                               .
                                                11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

                             Bill’s Place       Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.                                     Open Support
                                                                                  Bill’s Place               Group
                               Closed                                               Closed
                                                Straight Men’s Group                                     5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
                                                      6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                         6:30-7:30 p.m.

11                 12                          13                           14                      15
                                                       Hep C Clinic
                                                     12:00 - 1:30 p.m.             Bill’s Place                 .
                                                                                 11:00-2:00 p.m.          Open Support
                                                Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.        Hepatitis Seminar           5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
                            Bill’s Place                                     Dinner and Speaker
                                                ‘Back to Work’ seminar
                        11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.                                  6:00 - 7:30 p.m                Dinner
                                                 Gay Men’s Group                                         6:30-7:30 p.m.
                                                11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.       Foodbasket’s Annual
                                                                             Valentine’s Dance
                                                                              6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

 18                19                          20 Nutrition Counseling 21                           22
                                                          11:00 a.m.
     President’s                                                                                                    .
                                                     Gay Men’s Group                                       Open Support
        Day                                         11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
                                                                                Bill’s Place
                                                                            11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
                                                                                                          5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
                            Bill’s Place            Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.
 Office Closed                                                                  Hepatitis Seminar
                        11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.                                                                   Dinner
                                                                                 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
                                                    Straight Men’s Group                                   6:30-7:30 p.m.
                                                          6:00 p.m.

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                                                 Gay Men’s Group
                                                11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                                     Open Support

                                               Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m.                                     5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
                            Bill’s Place
                                                OAHU DINES!                      Bill’s Place                Dinner
                        11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
                                                                             11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.        6:30-7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, February 27th, restaurants across O‘ahu will participate in O’ahu Dines by donating       ........
a portion of their proceeds to support Life Foundation’s work and promote HIV/AIDS awareness in

O’ahu Dines is a fun, easy way to support the fight against AIDS in Hawaii. Make reservations early
and be sure to tell your server you are there to support O’ahu Dines! Please dine out at one of these
participating restaurants on February 27th!

Platinum Plate Restaurants
(will donate a minimum of $1,500 of sales):
Boots and Kimo’s Homestyle Restaurant
Big City Diner - Ward
Diamond Head Market and Grill                                                                           Host an
                                                                                                        O’ahu Dines
Participating Restaurants:                                                                              Dinner Party!
(will donate 20% of sales)
12th Avenue Grill                                                                                       During the month of
A Taste of New York Deli and Market                                                                     February, people across
Baci Bistro                                                                                             O’ahu will be hosting
Ben and Jerry’s
                                                                                                        dinner parties as part of
Brasserie Du Vin
Chai’s Island Bistro                                                                                    O’ahu Dines!
Dee Thai Restaurant
Hapa Grill                                                                                              Hosts of these dinner
JJ Bistro and French Pastry                                                                             parties receive free
Le Guignol Restaurant                                                                                   personalized O’ahu Dines
Los Chaparros Mexican Restaurant                                                                        invitations and red ribbons
Soul de Cuba Café                                                                                       for their guests.
The Wedding Café                                                                                        Guests of these dinner
Wally Ho’s Garage and Grill.
                                                                                                        parties are encouraged to
Life Foundation is proud to announce two new components of O’ahu Dine for 2008 - an online auction      donate to Life Foundation
and a dine-in option where people can hold O’ahu Dines dinner parties at their homes!                   in honor of O’ahu Dines.

The online auction features restaurant gift certificates from Big City Diner, Soul de Cuba Cafe and      Register to hold a dinner
more! For those interested in hosting a dinner party, free red AIDS awareness ribbons and customized    party and request your free
O’ahu Dines invitations are provided to the organizers of these private dinner parties. The ‘Dine In’   invitations at:
participants can also have their events catered by O’ahu Dines restaurants. Sign up to host a dinner
party, check out the online auction, and see the complete list of participating restaurants at:


or contact Life Foundation’s Development Associate, Kandice Johns at 521-2437 ext. 250 or by
email at

O’ahu Dines is sponsored by Honolulu Magazine, Cox Radio, Communications Pacific, and Oceanic
Time Warner Cable.

                                   Voice of HIV/AIDS

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