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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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20180822 HURLaneBPapa Ola Lōkahi executive director Sheri-Ann Daniels and the directors of the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems are monitoring Hurricane Lane.  We are all taking precautions to assure our clients, patients, and employees are safe, and facilities are secured.

The cone generated by the projected path of Lane indicates all islands will be impacted from Thursday though Saturday.  Expect to experience intense showers and thunderstorms, flooding and high surf.  There is a high likelihood that we will all see winds of 40 MPH or higher.

A HURRICANE WARNING is currently in effect for the Island of Hawai‘i and Maui County, which includes Molokai, Lāna‘i and Kaho‘olawe. 

A HURRICANE WATCH is in effect for O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.

By Thursday, Papa Ola Lōkahi will be closed.  Hawai‘i Island has already cancelled its classes around the island, and the other NHHCSs are expected to announce adjusted hours for the rest of the week.  Please check their respective websites for updates.

Other resources

Your county office of civil defense will have a list of the emergency shelters on each island.

Be safe, stay informed, kōkua one another. 

Ke Akua pū

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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 KAPAKūpuna 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.

More information about the services and programs offered by Nā Pu‘uwai can be found here.  Learn more about all five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems on the map here.

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AUDIO. Kupuna Care Program…, Hawaii Public Radio, September 5, 2018.  Hear this interview with Nā Pu‘uwai executive director Kamahanahōkūlani Farrar.

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Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus
Native Student Travel Support Application

The American Public Health Association 145th Annual Meeting
Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

San Diego, California
November 10 - 14, 2018




The American Public Health Association (APHA) American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus is proud to offer travel scholarships for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian (AIANNH) students to attend the 145th APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, California on November 10 - November 14, 2018.

The APHA AIANNH Caucus Student Scholarship will provide AIANNH students interested in public health with assistance towards the costs of traveling to and attending the APHA Annual Meeting. The APHA Annual Meeting addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. In addition, it provides numerous opportunities to learn about public health careers, research careers and to network with AIANNH health professional role models and elders.

All AIANNH full time undergraduate, graduate and recent graduate (within 1 year of graduation) students interested in public health are encouraged to apply. Young professionals are also eligible. Past recipients are not eligible.

If selected, students must agree to the following:
1) Attend all AIANNH Caucus activities of the APHA Meeting;
2) Attend an APHA AIANNH Caucus orientation;
3) Assist during meeting and Caucus sessions with distribution/collection of materials, moderation, summarizing sessions, taking pictures, etc.
4) Submit a brief newsletter article about APHA experience and a post evaluation of the APHA meeting upon its completion; and
5) Submit APHA Meeting travel-related paperwork upon return.

Application Deadline                        PDF
If you are interested in applying for student travel support to attend the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, please complete the attached application form and submit all required items by September 7th 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact APHA American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Caucus Student Representative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Development Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In Hawai'i, feel free to call the AIANNH Caucus Chair, Babette Galang at 808-597-6550.

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