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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.

4th Vaping Illness Confirmed In Hawaii Flicker: Lindsay Fox at EcigaretteReviewed.com

4th Vaping Illness Confirmed In Hawaii

A total of two adolescents and two adults in Hawaii have been hospitalized for e-cigarette related lung injuries.

 

Maui Resident Acquires Possible Mosquito-Borne Illness Via Pixabay

Maui Resident Acquires Possible Mosquito-Borne Illness

Another mosquito-borne illness that could involve dengue, chikungunya or Zika has affected a Kahului resident on Maui.

Queen’s Medical Center On ‘Losing End’ Of Battle With Meth Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Queen’s Medical Center On ‘Losing End’ Of Battle With Meth

Some days, as many 40% of people admitted at the ER at Punchbowl have problems related to meth use, according to hospital officials.

Meth Deaths Soar in Hawaii Even As Opioids Grab Public Attention Courtesy: Kauai County

Meth Deaths Soar in Hawaii Even As Opioids Grab Public Attention

Meth-related overdose fatalities have significantly outpaced other drug overdose deaths in the the past five years. But has anyone noticed?

Searching For New Ways To Keep Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Out Of Jails And ERs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Searching For New Ways To Keep Hawaii’s Mentally Ill Out Of Jails And ERs

At a mental health summit Wednesday, the judiciary and state agencies explored options for pre-trial diversions.

You Don’t Need To Go Far To Buy E-Cig Devices In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

You Don’t Need To Go Far To Buy E-Cig Devices In Hawaii

A public health official worries the high number of places selling vaping supplies “normalized” the use of tobacco products for young people.

Why Hawaii Teens Have Some Of The Highest Vaping Rates In The Nation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Teens Have Some Of The Highest Vaping Rates In The Nation

Researchers say it’s a mixture of marketing and economics, plus Hawaii getting a head start on a trend that started in Asia.

Cancer Patient’s Widow Gets Another Shot At Suing HMSA Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Cancer Patient’s Widow Gets Another Shot At Suing HMSA

The lawsuit alleges the insurer failed to inform the patient in a timely fashion that his policy wouldn’t cover a second stem cell transplant.

Hawaii High Schooler To Legislators: Ban Flavored E-Cigs Eleni Gill/Civil Beat

Hawaii High Schooler To Legislators: Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Meanwhile, a major Hawaii e-cigarette retailer said a flavor ban wouldn’t do any good.

This Oahu Man Has A Plan To Pay Off A Lot Of People’s Medical Debt Cory Lum/Civil Beat

This Oahu Man Has A Plan To Pay Off A Lot Of People’s Medical Debt

Daren Hashimoto, working with a national nonprofit, has started a crowdfunding campaign to forgive some of the millions of dollars owed by Hawaii residents.

New $161 Million Hawaii State Hospital Facility On Track To Open In 2021 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New $161 Million Hawaii State Hospital Facility On Track To Open In 2021

Patients and staff are expected to move into the new forensic facility by 2021. The new 144-bed building will relieve long over-crowded and dilapidated facilities.

Maui Woman Involved In Fatal Crash Sues Kaiser Permanente Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Maui Woman Involved In Fatal Crash Sues Kaiser Permanente

A Maui woman involved in a fatal 2016 car crash is now suing the hospital that discharged her days prior.