Maui, Lanai clinics to get federal funding

The Maui News

The Community Clinic of Maui and Lanai Community Health Center are among seven clinics statewide that will receive a portion of more than $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to an announcement from U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.

The money is to support the ongoing delivery of health care services to rural and underserved communities.

The Maui clinic will get $1,547,866, and the Lanai clinic will receive $1,084,906, Hirono reported.

“Federal funding is a major element of our health center’s ‘lifeblood,’ “ said Diana Shaw, executive director of Lanai Community Health Center. “These funds are critical to our ability to provide medical, dental, behavioral health and vision services, as well as outreach, for our under- and uninsured patients.”

Other Hawaii clinics to receive the federal funding include the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, West Hawaii Community Health Center, Waimanalo Health Center and Bay Clinic.

“Federal funding is essential to ensure that Hawaii’s community health centers can continue to provide critical services to the communities they serve,” Hirono said. “Over the past year, I have fought efforts by congressional Republicans to hold community health center funding hostage to their misplaced priorities, and will continue to advocate to make sure our health centers get the funding they need.”