Join LAING Hawai‘i for a conversation with frontlines medical workers
Marianela Jacob, MSN, APRN-BC
Dr. Noelani Hobbs
Elaine Hicks, MaSP, MSW, CSAC, CFE
We will discuss the speakers’ personal experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts of traumatic events on the mental health of essential workers, and tools to support yourself through the next phase.
Marianela Jacob APRN, FNP-BC is a Family Nurse Practitioner with private practice in Waipahu Hawai’i. She is also the current president of LAING (Language Acquisition and Immersion for the New Generation) a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the cultural, linguistic, artistic, and literary heritages of the immigrant communities of Hawai’i.
Marianela served as a Board of Trustees of the Philippine Nurses Association of America Foundation 2018-2019. She was also a Past President of Philippine Nurses Association Hawai’i 2010-2012.
She received numerous awards including the PRIDE award, the most prestigious award from PNAH dated 2012, and Best Researcher Award from Filipino Nurses Organization of Hawai’i dated 2011.
Noelani Coreen Cadiz Hobbs is a board certified family medicine physician. She’s a local girl, born and raised in Oahu; graduated from Pearl City High School and the University of Washington; finished her medical degree at the University of Saint Eustatius School of Medicine, and completed her residency at the University of Arkansas. She currently practices with her mother, Dr Corazon Cadiz Hobbs-Oshiro in Waipahu. Her interests include dancing, singing, writing poems, and traveling. She is a former Woodsonette at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy where her ballet, tap, jazz and hula led her to an exciting 2 seasons as an NFL Cheerleader for the Seattle Seahawks. She is happily married to her loving (and extremely patient) husband, Bruce Jackson, and is proud mama to two handsome sons, Myles (15) and Kainoa (4). She is on the Board of Governors for the Philippine Medical Association of Hawai‘i and is honored to serve the Filipino community.
It is recommended to attend all 3 workshops. Space is limited so please sign up only if you can commit to all dates and times. Please note, this workshop will be in-person and open to writers of all experience levels.
Julz Bolinayen S. Ignacio (they/them) is an Ilokano-American non-binary queer healer and artist who intuitively weaves energy, song, spirit ink, spiritual guidance and intuition through ritual. Julz is a Tattoo Ritualist, Spiritual Mentor + Coach, and Hilot Binabaylan currently based in Honolulu, O’ahu in the Kingdom of Hawai‘i.
Jamee Pineda, LAc, MAcOM, MPA
I am a queer, trans, nonbinary/genderqueer person of Tagalog ancestry. I graduated from the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine in 2015. In 2020, I studied with Rev. Apu Adman Aghama and Rev. Lakay Alsent Magbaya Aghama. I became a certified hilot binabaylan through the Hilot Academy of Binabaylan. I value practicing medicine that encompasses physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and mental well being. I also look at how cultural, political, and environmental factors impact health. It is a goal of mine to support patients in having an active role in their healing and to assist them in shifting towards behaviors and choices that better serve them.
IG and FB: @jameepinedahealingarts
Gabe Torno is born and raised on O’ahu Hawai’i and is a lifelong resident of ‘Aiea, O’ahu. He is a graduate of Chaminade University in Honolulu with a Masters of Business Administration (with concentration in nonprofit management). He is also a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies. He works for the Department of Defense and had previous positions with various educational nonprofits such as AmeriCorps, Bishop Museum, Read Aloud America, and Island Pacific Academy. He is the founder and executive director of Tekniqlingz, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen ethnic identity and cultural awareness through education and the perpetuation of the Filipino culture in art, music, and dance.
Grace Alvaro Caligtan (pronouns: she, her, and they) serves as an adjunct Public Health faculty at Hawai’i Pacific University and teaches Sexuality in Health and Society. Grace also serves with Planned Parenthood in the Great Northwest and Hawai’ian Islands as a Community Outreach Educator and trainer for family programs that supports parent-child connection and strengthens family communication on sexual health. As a cultural worker and writer, Grace co-wrote and produced My Body, My Space as a way to support families to break silences. The characters in her play were embarrassed to talk about their emerging sexuality and harm that had been done and they needed the adults in their lives to listen more closely to their youth as they became balasang and barok.
Kumustakayo gagayem! My name is Chachie A, and I am currently a fourth year undergraduate student studying Psychology and Ilokano studies. For me, ever since I have found myself through my cultural heritage I wanted to be an outlet of change to the next generation especially being boldly unafraid to share my experiences to those who have yet to come. I aspire to become an Ilokano instructor as well as obtaining my Master’s Degree into Social Work where I am able to be a Mental Health advocate for the Filipinx Diaspora.
IG: @reclaimingfilipinxidentity where I interview individuals of the Filipino American community in Hawai’i to gain more a better understanding and to capture the narrative of the people here.
Danica Marielle Ola is a Junior at Mills Collegein Oakland studying Biopsychology. She founded and serves as the President of Mills College’s first Filipino Student Organization—Kapwa. She also serves as the representative for the Filipino community on the South Asian, Middle Eastern, Asian Pacific Islander Committee where she creates large scale events that educate the Mills community on Filipino culture. Danica was recently awarded the Asian American Leadership Award at Mills College along with Kapwa receiving the Student Organization of the Year Award. When Danica is not creating events for campus, she spends her time studying for her psychology classes while also researching more about the Filipino Mental Health Diaspora, Acculturative Stress, and Intergenerational Trauma. She also works closely with the Asian Community in the Bay Area to amplify Asian voices and struggles.