$2.4 million for Kauai health care

WASHINGTON — Hoola Lahui Hawaii on Kauai will receive $2.4 million as one of five grants awarded to the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems programs totaling $10.6 million

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Indian Affairs Committees, announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will award the funds to programs that support ongoing wellness and preventive health services for Native Hawaiians across the state.

“Now more than ever, we are acutely aware of just how important health care is to the people of Hawaii,” Schatz said. “Our Native Hawaiian communities face health disparities that require specific attention. These Papa Ola Lokahi programs carry out the critical work of targeted outreach to improve the overall health and well-being of Native Hawaiians.”

The organizations receiving grants are Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems focused on improving the health status of Native Hawaiians by providing access to health education, health promotion, and disease prevention services.

Others receiving money are Hui No Ke Ola Pono on Maui, $2.7 million; Ke Ola Mamo on Oahu, 2.5 million; Na Puuwai on Molokai, $1.9 million; and Papa Ola Lokahi, $1.1 million.

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