We at Papa Ola Lōkahi are pleased to announce that we are launching the second edition of our Community Voices Project. Community Voices is our opportunity to listen to and understand stories from communities around health behaviors and health care usage.
Your voice is valuable. The Community Voices Project invites you to share your mana‘o. This time around we will be asking about your knowledge and usage of Enabling Services.
This online survey is being distributed through our Hawaiian health networks that include the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems and other health care providers that serve Hawaiian populations and patient bases.
Papa Ola Lōkahi is committed to providing quality care to our communities and the same high level of conduct in our practices. This project is an innovative way to continue the growth and success of health and wellbeing in our Native Hawaiian communities. We are proud to develop and maintain relationships throughout our communities around health and well-being, and are committed to consistently upholding the values of Hawaiian healing and mauliola in to the future.
For additional information about Community Voices project or to partner on this project, please contact us.
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October 21, 2018
Ten awarded Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship
(Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i) The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program congratulates ten (10) recipients in the 2018-2019 cohort of scholars.
"These scholars are amazing in their commitment to serve Hawaiian communities," said Sheri-Ann Daniels, executive director of Papa Ola Lōkahi, which administers the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program. "We welcome them to the world of Hawaiian health and look forward to working with them as colleagues."
Seven awardees are in nursing, one in social work, one in medicine, and one is studying to be a physician's assistant. Eight are in school in Hawai‘i—in Hilo and Honolulu—and two are in accredited programs in the continental United States. One is a two-year continuation award for a scholar who has two more years of training.
The purpose of the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) is to improve access to health care by growing a health work force that is committed to serving the unique needs of Hawaiian communities.
A recent news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services points out that the NHHSP is patterned after the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which was established in 1972. As with the NHSC, there is a service obligation attached to the scholarship award. Once the students’ schooling and licensure are complete, these scholars will fulfill that obligation by working full-time in a clinical capacity in medically under-served areas in Hawai'i for a period commensurate with the length of scholarship support.
Since 1991, more than 285 NHHSP awards have been made in 20 different primary and behavioral health care disciplines. More than 200 have already been placed into the workforce across six islands impacting the well-being of the communities they serve. Twenty-seven (27) are currently in service. Of those who have fulfilled their service obligations, most have continued to serve medically underserved areas and populations in Hawai'i.
"We're especially proud to see our NHHSP alumni rise to positions of leadership within the Hawaiian, medical and public health communities," Dr. Daniels continues. "Involved in policy, administration or clinical practice, these leaders are changing the way health care is delivered in Hawai'i, and they're extraordinary role models for others who aspire to serve in healing professions."
Visit www.nhhsp.org for more information about the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program.
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HE KAPA KŪPUNA
Keeping Our Elders Comfortable at Home
Nā Pu‘uwai, the Native Hawaiian Health Care System that serves Lāna‘i and Molokai, including Kalaupapa, is launching a pilot program to help kūpuna remain healthy in their own homes.
Called KAPA—Kūpuna Aging in Place with Assistance—this locally adapted program is modelled after an aging-in-place program developed by practitioners at Johns Hopkins University called CAPABLE. The program partners nurses, occupational therapists and home repair persons to address the needs of elders within their homes. It has proven effective in preventing falls, improving mobility, and raising other health outcomes, while decreasing medical costs among older adults.
CAPABLE is an evidence-based program approved by the National Council on Aging that has been tested in multiple small and large trials, each showing that participants enjoy better function with lower hospital admission rates and decreased nursing home admission rates.
In-home care is a lower-cost alternative to being admitted to the hospital or skilled nursing facility. For kūpuna on Lāna‘i and Molokai, aging-in-place programs can keep them well and at home, without moving them to off-island care facilities.
Nā Pu‘uwai serves a total of 2,672 individuals who are age 65 or older through its various programs on the two islands.
“We are committed to the community. Our foremost concern is the health and wellbeing of these individuals and their families, and to make sure they receive the care they need,” said Kamahanahōkūlani Farrar, executive director of Nā Pu‘uwai. “As we transition to a new program, we are committed to remaining true to our mission to improve the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of Native Hawaiians and their ‘ohana.”
The program is designed to serve those who are older adults age 50 and above but will serve those of any age who may have difficulty performing Activities of Daily Living such as bathing, dressing, grooming; and those who do not have dementia or only have mild cognitive impairment.
"Think of an old-style kapa that creates a cape over the kupuna that we love," says Farrar, explaining the kaona of the program's name. "It honors and protects them."
Training KAPA staff will begin in October 2018.
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