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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 18, 2017   PDF

Contact:          Kim Ku‘ulei Birnie, Communications Specialist, (808) 597-6550 or 383-1651

Interview:       M. Keaulana Holt, MSW, Director, Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

 

Applications open for 2018-2019 Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship

 

The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP), a program of Papa Ola Lōkahi (POL), is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from students in health care and allied health professions for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The deadline to apply online is March 18, 2018.

Awards are provided to students enrolled or enrolling full-time in an accredited college in Hawai‘i or the continental U.S.  Benefits include tuition, other school related expenses, and a monthly stipend. Upon completion of the degree and required training and licensure, the recipient shall serve two to four years of full-time employment in designated medically underserved sites in Hawai‘i.

“Our applicants all demonstrate that they are exceptional college students,” asserts NHHSP director Keaulana Holt.  “The ideal applicant will also understand the needs of their communities and be willing to apply their training and skills to improve the well-being back home.”

Applications are being accepted from students in clinical psychology, dentistry, dental hygiene, dietetics, marriage & family therapy, nursing, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physician’s assistant, public health and social work.   

Nine scholarships were awarded earlier this year. More than 275 scholarship awards have been made in almost 20 different health and behavioral health disciplines since 1991.

“The success of this grow-your-own program is that the scholars and alumni all contribute to improving the health of the lāhui.”  POL executive director Dr. Sheri-Ann Daniels says proudly.  “Even better, they are becoming the leaders in our lāhui. We’re nurturing Hawaiians to serve Hawaiians.”

The entire application process is online.  For more information about the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program visit our website at www.nhhsp.org.

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Papa Ola Lōkahi, as the designated Census Information Center in Hawai‘i,

is pleased to share the latest release from the Census Bureau:

Commuting Times, Median Rents and Language other than English Use in the Home on the Rise

 

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Hawai‘i-specific data may be found online: 

                      

Some of the highlights from the statistics released today:

Language.  Among people at least five years old living in Hawaii in 2012-2016, 26 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 8 percent spoke Spanish and 92 percent spoke some other language; 49 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."

Percent of the Population 5 years and over who Speak a Language other than English in Hawaii in 2012-2016

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Education.  In 2012-2016, 91 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 31 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. An estimated 9 percent did not complete high school. 


The total school enrollment in Hawaii was 333,800 in 2012-2016. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 38,900 and elementary or high school enrollment was 195,500 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 99,500.

Educational Attainment of People in Hawaii in 2012-2016

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Papa Ola Lokahi acts as the Census Information Center in the Hawaii region and is here for all data inquiries and partnerships.  For more information, please call Ms. Emily Makahi at 808-597-6550.

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Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Approves Hirono Provisions to Expand Health Care Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, voted in support of bipartisan legislation to continue funding for veterans’ health care programs, and improve the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program. The bill included several of Senator Hirono’s provisions to increase Hawaii veterans’ access to health care services, and passed the committee 14-1.

“The bipartisan legislation approved by the Veterans’ Affairs Committee today will help to ensure Hawaii veterans can access high quality VA care and health services when they need it, where they need it,” said Senator Hirono. “This bill gives our veterans more options, and I will continue to fight see it passed by the full Senate and signed into law so that Hawaii veterans can access the care they need from a strong, well-resourced VA system.”

The following Hirono provisions were included in the bill:

  • Language from the VETS Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Hirono and Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) that would allow veterans to access VA telemedicine services from providers across state lines.
  • A provision to protect veterans’ access to care at Native Hawaiian Health Centers.
  • A provision including Native Hawaiian Health Care Centers as eligible entities for a new pilot program promoting VA medical residency training in rural areas.

“We’d like to thank Senator Hirono for her steadfast efforts to defend Native Hawaiian programs including the healthcare benefits that our Native Hawaiian veterans have earned with their service,” said Dr. Sheri-Ann Daniels, Executive Director of Papa Ola Lokahi. “Senator Hirono’s legislation to preserve NHHCS agreements with the VA will allow us to continue our efforts to improve access to healthcare and reach more veteran clients. We also appreciate her work to include NHHCS in the VA’s graduate medical residency training programs which will help strengthen Hawaii’s medical workforce. ”

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Ka Huaka`i Mauli Ola!

Every month I have a movie date with my Aunty Shirley and Aunty Helen, both in their 80s.  I lost my own mother 11 years ago, so spending time with these precious kūpuna is a blessing.  We prolong our time together over lunch at some nearby eatery.

On our last date we ventured to a new restaurant that had just opened in Kapolei.  Hearing about my launch to a healthier self pleased my aunties because they had begun their own similar journey together this past spring.  They’ve transitioned to a plant-based diet. 

Aunty Helen ordered a grilled veggie sandwich with a side salad,  Aunty Shirley ordered marinara pasta dish also with a side salad.  They’ve become vegetarians!

Moreover, each ate half her meal and took the rest home for dinner. 

They’d confided that the change has been challenging, but with one another’s support, they’re already feeling good about their results.  Each aunty has lost more than 30 pounds.  They’ve pulled out their “Skinny Clothes” and given their old clothes away.  They no longer suffer the same aches and pains in their joints. Their overall health has vastly improved, according to their primary care physicians. 

They report that the greatest challenge has been cutting back on sweets. 

Which brings me to my Momona Moment: Since we were celebrating my birthday, they insisted that I order a dessert.  Normally, I’d love a piece of ice cream cake—more ice cream than cake—but that afternoon we ordered one slice of celebration cake to share among six of us.  And it was ‘ono!

So I got my cake and more:  a lesson on portion control, inspiration by example, kupuna wisdom, and Aunty Approval.  I am MOTIVATED! I can do this!

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Kamahanahokulani Farrar returns to the Hawaiian health ʻohana as the Executive Director of Nā Puʻuwai, the Native Hawaiian health care system that serves Molokai, Lānaʻi and Kalaupapa.

 

She was raised in Kailua, graduated from Castle High School, attended undergraduate college at Pacific University in Oregon, and completed her Master’s degree at the University of Hawaiʻi.

 

She has lived on Leeward Oahu, in Washington, DC and now Molokaʻi. Her husband Deke Law is a Special Education teacher and they have three adult children. 

 

She enjoys crew, paddling and being out on the water. Her best childhood memories are with her ʻohana in Kona swimming, camping, and picking coffee, plums and ʻopihi.

 

 

 

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