Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Welcomes in New Wahiawā Health Center
Wahiawā, HI—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) welcomed in the new Wahiawā Center for Community Health (WCCH) at its Grand Opening Ceremony. The Congresswoman presented a Congressional certificate to Executive Director Bev Harbin and Board of Directors President Mary Talon recognizing the years of work that made today possible, and spoke about the important role that health centers across the state have in ensuring underserved communities have access to high quality, comprehensive care.
“Access to quality health care is an ongoing challenge for those in our rural and underserved communities. Built on a foundation of aloha and compassion, the Wahiawā Center for Community Health will help more than 45,000 people in Wahiawā and the surrounding area access affordable, quality health care and wellness services, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “Mahalo nui loa to Executive Director, Bev Harbin, WCCH Board of Directors President, Mary Talon, and all of WCCH’s Board Members and partners for your drive, dedication, and commitment to turning the vision of Senator Daniel Inouye into a reality. Because of you, this gathering place of care, service, and aloha will have a lasting impact on the Wahiawā community for years to come.”
“The community of Wahiawā has achieved a dream of opening a community health center. The community will now work to achieve an adequate provider network that will serve more than 45,000 residents, military beneficiaries, the growing homeless population and others that are in need of health care,” said WCCH Executive Director, Bev Harbin. “The founding of the health center was initiated as the dream of the late and great Senator Daniel Inouye and is considered a legacy program by our Congressional delegation. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard came to the rescue of the community by working with the federal primary care office to achieve the needed designation as a medically underserved population. We look forward to working with the health care industry, all our elected officials and administrative leaders, to establishing a robust and adequate physician network to assure the community they will have adequate access to care which has been lacking for decades in Wahiawā.”
Above and below: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard presents a Congressional certificate recognizing the grand opening of the Wahiawā Center for Community Health to Executive Director Bev Harbin (left) and Board of Directors President Mary Talon (center)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard welcomes in new Wahiawā Center for Community Health at its grand opening