HMSA Foundation supports community health programs

Several community organizations and health programs will soon benefit from grants approved by the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association Foundation board of directors, according to a recent press release.

Among the organizationshe grantees include:

• American Lung Association of Hawai‘i. The $15,000 grant supports Asthma Sports Day Camps, which teach children with asthma, ages 5 through 12, how to successfully manage their condition. Camps are held on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i.

• Family Promise of Hawai‘i. The $15,000 grant supports the organization’s efforts to help Hawai‘i’s homeless find health insurance, housing, employment and schooling. The various congregations also provide lodging and meals for families without homes on a rotating basis.

• Imus Family Services. The $25,000 grant supports the Early Childhood Development Demonstration Project, which will provide therapeutic services to children who do not meet age-appropriate developmental milestones.

• Papa Ola Lokahi. The $12,600 grant supports the Minoaka! (smile) program. It is an oral health education and promotion program for children under 5 years of age. The program involves family members and creates access to care by enrolling the uninsured in Med-QUEST.

• Recovery Works, Inc. The $5,000 grant supports the Kaua‘i Community Outreach Program by helping fund a film that will focus on community issues that concern Kaua‘i residents, including drug abuse.

The HMSA Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt private charitable organization. It was founded in Hawai‘i in 1989 as a public foundation with the goal of stimulating research aimed at some of the pressing issues that confront Hawai‘i’s health care industry. In 1997, the Foundation as converted to a private foundation to allow for larger contributions from donors, such as HMSA.

Health plan dues from HMSA members and employer groups are not used to fund Foundation grants. Foundation grants are funded with annual investment income earned on its original endowment. For more information on the HMSA Foundation, please visit www.hmsafoundation.org.

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