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Eleni Gill

Eleni Gill is a reporter covering public health for Civil Beat. Her coverage is funded in part by a grant from Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.

She covers disparities in health care outcomes and access to care among Native Hawaiians and other ethnic groups, low-income communities and residents of more remote areas.

She has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter.

Eleni was born and raised in Honolulu and graduated from Roosevelt High School. She graduated from American University in 2014 and earned her master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2019.

Number of People Being Monitored For Coronavirus In Hawaii Is Dropping

Number of People Being Monitored For Coronavirus In Hawaii Is Dropping

As of Thursday, the Hawaii Health Department had yet to identify any suspect coronavirus cases in Hawaii, but continues to investigate the Hawaii vacation of a Japanese couple who later fell ill.

Why So Few Kids In Hawaii Get Tested For Lead Poisoning Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why So Few Kids In Hawaii Get Tested For Lead Poisoning

Only 25% of kids between 1 and 2 years old get tested, in part because it’s not required. A bill in the Legislature would require mandatory testing for the first time.

Japanese Tourist Diagnosed With Coronavirus After Hawaii Vacation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Japanese Tourist Diagnosed With Coronavirus After Hawaii Vacation

The state is working to identify anyone who may have come in contact with the man.

Neighbor Island Clinics Worry About Fewer Medicaid Options Courtesy Danielle Sayner

Neighbor Island Clinics Worry About Fewer Medicaid Options

UPDATED: A state Med-QUEST plan to simplify its insurance playing field by offering two health plans to Medicaid patients on neighbor islands is receiving pushback.

Bill Would Let Hawaii Residents Buy Medicine From Canada Be.Futureproof/Flickr

Bill Would Let Hawaii Residents Buy Medicine From Canada

If it passes, Hawaii would be the fifth state allowing importation of drugs from north of the border.

One Hawaii Resident In Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine Eleni Gill/Civil Beat

One Hawaii Resident In Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine

The man who traveled to Hubei Province in China has not shown any symptoms, but his health will be monitored in quarantine.

26 Self-Quarantined As Precaution Against Coronavirus CDC

26 Self-Quarantined As Precaution Against Coronavirus

Some Hawaii residents who traveled to China are staying behind doors for two weeks to ensure they weren’t exposed to the coronavirus.

Fear Of The Coronavirus Probably Won’t Get You Asylum In The US Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Fear Of The Coronavirus Probably Won’t Get You Asylum In The US

Two Chinese people taken into federal custody at Honolulu’s airport were reported to be seeking asylum because of the virus.

Lawmakers Look To Add Dental Coverage For Medicaid Recipients Eleni Gill/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Look To Add Dental Coverage For Medicaid Recipients

The benefit was cut from Medicaid 10 years ago and local dentists say they can see the consequences.

Any Future Coronavirus Patients Will Be Quarantined At Pearl Harbor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Any Future Coronavirus Patients Will Be Quarantined At Pearl Harbor

Hawaii officials believe the likelihood of using the facility remains low, since many Chinese cities are on lockdown and most air travel is on hold.

 

Hawaii Medicaid Contract Award Stalled Amid Protest From Insurer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Medicaid Contract Award Stalled Amid Protest From Insurer

Hawaii’s Medicaid division has to temporarily suspend its insurance contract awards until a dispute is resolved.

Scientists Say Many Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii May Go Unreported Kimberly Bowman

Scientists Say Many Rat Lungworm Cases In Hawaii May Go Unreported

Costly and strict diagnostic protocols mean a long wait to find out if someone has the disease. That may soon change thanks to blood tests in the works at UH Hilo.