Native Hawaiian Health

Policy Problem

Native Hawaiians face cultural, financial, social, and geographic barriers that prevent them from utilizing existing health services. In addition, health services are often unavailable in the community.

Current Policy

The Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems (NHHCS) Program, funded within the federal community health center appropriation, improves the health status of Native Hawaiians by making health education, health promotion, and disease prevention services available through the support of NHHCS.

The NHHCS use a combination of outreach, referral, and linkage mechanisms to provide or arrange services. Services provided include nutrition programs, screening and control of hypertension and diabetes, immunizations, and basic primary care services.

The NHHCS also supports a health professions scholarship program for Native Hawaiians, the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP), and administrative costs for Papa Ola Lokahi, an organization that coordinates and assists health care programs provided to Native Hawaiians.

Policy Impact

In 2007, NHHCS provided medical and enabling encounters to more than 7,022 people. In FY 2007, 10 Native Hawaiian scholarships were awarded. More than 186 Native Hawaiian scholarships have been awarded since the beginning of the program.

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One Response to “Native Hawaiian Health”

  1. Mary Says:

    It is really sad that we Native Hawaiians (Kanaka Maoli) are not even getting our Medical Care Costs covered in whole. My blood line comes from at least Tahiti (Kahiki). My ancestors (kupuna) have settled in the Hawaiian Islands, became strong leaders for their families to take care of their elders, their destitute, orphans. We got unknown diseases of their time which killed hundreds of thousands of Native Hawaiians, more than any battles through Kamehameha the Great. Then influence of foreignors, including missionaries felt it was right for them to say what was good or bad. Every living right we had was taken by the over throw of Queen Liliuokalani and as a great great grand daughter with 75% Native Hawaiian including royal blood.

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