June 2022 Executive Director’s Report

After the close of the 2022 legislative session, the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) team refocused on other priorities to serve our members better. During June, we plan to unveil the new HMA website, under the YourMembership platform, which is used by over 150 medical societies around the country. HMA will then have a robust membership database, members-only engagement site, up-to-date payment card industry (PCI) compliance, and other tools so that members can take part and collaborate in HMA activities to the level they wish. This move complements changes made last year when we moved HMA email and digital file management to Microsoft 365 Business to ensure an elevated level of online security. None of these digital changes impact HMA’s commitment to personalized member services. All members, for example, have a direct phone number to HMA, and calls are returned within two business days.

The 2022 American Medical Association (AMA) Annual meeting will be held in Chicago, June 10-15, 2022, with HMA President Angela Pratt, MD, leading our delegation, along with AMA Delegate Bernard Robinson, MD, and HMA Executive Director Marc Alexander. Roger Kimura, MD, another AMA delegate, is unable to attend the meeting in-person. This is a particularly important AMA meeting since the AMA’s Interim Meeting this November will be held in Honolulu. Our delegation looks forward to a very productive meeting and the opportunity to personally invite AMA members to Honolulu.

In June, HMA will also be launching our own audio podcast program, HMAConnect. The first podcasts will center on the upcoming AMA meeting, including interviews from Chicago. Later in June HMAConnect will feature interviews with major gubernatorial candidates, including Lt. Governor Josh Green, former First Lady Vicky Cayetano, and Councilmember Heidi Tsuneyoshi, with others still being scheduled. Besides these special programs, HMAConnect will feature HMA members and the work they do in the community. HMA members are healthcare leaders, and we believe wider community engagement by our members will strengthen community knowledge, health, and well-being.

The Voice of One,
The Strength of Many.