VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Delivers Keynote and Congressional Update at Aloha Rural Healthcare Summit
Honolulu – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) delivered keynote remarks at the Aloha Rural Healthcare Summit in Honolulu this morning, and engaged in a discussion with dozens of executives and administrators from healthcare facilities across the state, as they gathered to tackle common challenges in providing access to affordable care for Hawaiʻi's rural communities. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also presented a congressional update on initiatives relevant to Hawaiʻi rural healthcare, explained the benefits of Hawaiʻi earning “Frontier” designation to boost eligibility for certain federal grants and programs, responded to questions from the group, and participated in a facilitated discussion to strengthen rural healthcare opportunities in every corner of the state.
“I’ve visited several Community Health Centers and Critical Access Hospitals throughout the state and witnessed the challenges brought on by remote locations, lack of funding, and staff shortages. I’ve been working with them to help solve these challenges and create greater access to care in our rural and underserved communities,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Today's summit created a venue for greater collaboration to improve our rural healthcare system. A plan with specific action items to move forward is in place, and I’m excited to work with these leaders as we advocate with a unified voice for the health and wellbeing of Hawaiʻi’s people.”
“It was terrific that Congresswoman Gabbard was here today because I believe she can set the tone for us in terms of better collaboration and be a real champion for improving access to quality healthcare,” said Robert Hirokawa, president of the Hawaiʻi Primary Care Association.
Organizations represented at the summit include: Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kahuku Medical Center, Molokaʻi General Hospital, Hale Hoʻola Hamakua, Kohala Hospital, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health, Community Clinic of Maui, Kauaʻi Community Health Center, Hamakua Health Center, Hawaiʻi Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, Rural Health Flex Program, Kula Hospital, Lʻnaʻi Community Hospital, Healthcare Association of Hawaiʻi, Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Bay Clinic (Hilo), Hawaiʻi Primary Care Association, Cardon Outreach, and Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation (Kauaʻi and State Office). Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will continue her series of Hawaiʻi meetings, events, and site visits that are focused on improving access to affordable healthcare for Hawaiʻi residents, rural communities, and Native Hawaiians throughout the month.