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 In Memoriam

Deliana and I served on the AMCHP board for several years as members of the executive committee. She was a thoughtful, engaged member of AMCHP and I always marveled at her ability to manage east coast timed meetings with a Pacific Island body clock. Deliana leaves a legacy of public health policy and practice that will continue to benefit the health and well-being of mothers, youth and children for decades. My thoughts are with her family, friends and coworkers.

- Millie Jones, AMCHP President
Family Health Clinical Consultant, Division Of Public Health
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

One of my fondest memories of our friendship was the time she invited me to Hawaii to keynote the state’s annual public health meeting. I came in over a three day weekend as Monday was a holiday. Deliana spent her "day off" driving me around the entire island of Oahu! We had a great time; I will always remember her generosity, her quiet strong sense of purpose, her optimism and her lifelong commitment to public health work. Hawaii is today the #1 healthiest state in America, due to her leadership. Deliana was a great leader and a wonderful human being, greatly loved and admired. She will be sorely missed.

-Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH
Washington State Health Officer
Former AMCHP President

Hard to imagine the world without her. Thank you for sharing your passion for MCH & teaching us the meaning of true advocacy.

- Melinda Sanders
Deputy Director, Division of Community and Public Health,
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Loretta, fondly known as Deliana, was treasurer of the AMCHP board while I was president. She was an exceptional advocate and leader for families in Hawaii, her beloved home, and throughout the nation. She created so many wonderful programs and continued to speak for the disenfranchised always looking for opportunities to help. She will be remembered by many for her quiet yet effective persistence. We in the maternal and child health world mourn the loss of our friend and kindred spirit.

- Phyllis Sloyer, Former AMCHP President

"From my perspective in working with Deliana (Loretta) on the board, I felt the interest and needs of the Title V population and Title V was a solid core of who she was as a person and a professional. She had a gift in how she presented an issue and while being very strong in articulating her position, she did it in a way that was respectful and convincing. The people of Hawaii and members of AMCHP have lost a wonderful advocate and colleague."

- Valerie Ricker, AMCHP Secretary
Assistant Director, Division of Population Health,
Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Loretta and I worked together for three years in the Hawaii DOH and I learned so much from her! I was a freshly minted public health professional with a background in pediatrics and preventive medicine and she showed me the ropes of MCH. She brought passion and intellect together to improve the lives of countless mothers and children in Hawaii in the years I knew her... My heart goes out to her family and friends and the people of Hawaii have lost a great champion!

- Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP
President and CEO, AcademyHealth

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the March of Dimes – Hawaii Chapter ( or the Hawaii Humane Society (