Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Announces Nearly $9 Million in Federal Assistance to Native Hawaiian Health Centers
June 14, 2020
Honolulu, HI—On Friday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Center Program — is awarding nearly $9 million in grants to Native Hawaiian Health Centers to provide medical and enabling services to Native Hawaiians.
“You cannot have a healthy Hawaiʻi without healthy Native Hawaiians. But for far too long, kanaka maoli have dealt with disproportionately greater health challenges than other ethnic groups in their own homeland. Continuing federal support for Native Hawaiian Health Centers will get life-saving care to Native Hawaiians, making sure that our healthcare system is equipped to meet these needs,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
The funds are part of a continuing grant and will be awarded to Ho‘ōla Lāhui Hawai‘i on Kaua‘i ($3,067,651), Hui No Ke Ola Pono on Maui ($3,331,410), and Nā Pu‘uwai on Molokaʻi ($2,561,902).
Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has continually advocated in Congress for robust funding of Native Hawiian health care programs and has made it a top priority during the annual appropriations process to ensure that Native Hawaiian Health Centers get the federal support they need to serve their communities across the state.
The Native Hawaiian Health Care Act was created by Congress in 1988 (42 U.S.C. 11701) and most recently reauthorized in 2009. The program was created in recognition of the United States’ special political, trust relationship with the Native Hawaiian community to address the serious health needs exhibited by the Native Hawaiian population, and better the health status of the community.
Native Hawaiian Health Centers improve the health status of Native Hawaiians by providing access to health education, health promotion, and disease prevention services. Services provided include nutrition programs, screening and control of hypertension and diabetes, immunizations, and basic primary care services.
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawai‘i’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for over 17 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
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