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Na PuUwai - Hawaii

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

Na PuUwai is a 501[c] [3] tax-exempt organization formed in 1985 to assist in a collaborative heart study of Native Hawaiians on Molokai. A year later it undertook the landmark study on the traditional Hawaiian diet and in 1990 became the Native Hawaiian Health Care System serving the islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i as identified in the Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act of 1988 [P.L. 100-579]. The organization administers funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and private resources. The vision is of "self-reliant Native Hawaiian communities serviced by a community-owned, land-based, and financially stable health care system providing fully reimbursable health and medical services." Its mission is "to improve the health conditions of Native Hawaiians on Moloka’i and Lana’i by maximizing their capacity to access and influence the establishment of a health care system responsive to and respectful of their cultural beliefs and customs." The major activities are to: a] facilitate access to health care for Native Hawaiians through appropriate outreach and referral services, transportation services, and collaborative efforts with health service providers b] monitor individual Native Hawaiian blood pressures, sugars, and weights c] provide physical examinations to Native Hawaiians d] hold health screenings in collaboration with other agencies for otitis media, cardio-vascular risk, diabetes, and cancer in women, and e] coordinate immunization, asthma, diabetes and nutrition educational workshops for the Moloka’i and Lana’i communities.

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Name: William Akutagawa, Executive Director
Site or Location Name: Na PuUwai-The Native Hawaiian Health System for the Islands of Molokai and Lanai
PO Box 130
Kaunakakai/Molokal, HI 96748
Phone: [808] 560-3635