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Health funds aimed at Native Hawaiians

Maui County health care organizations will receive federal funding to help more Native Hawaiians get access to health education, promotion, disease prevention and basic primary care services, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced Thursday.

Five Native Hawaiian health care systems and Papa Ola Lokahi, which coordinates health care programs and services for Native Hawaiians, will receive a total of $18.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a $1.2 million increase from last year. The grant totals are:

• Hui No Ke Ola Pono on Maui: $3,431,410.

• Ke Ola Mamo on Oahu: $3,249,120.

• Hoola Lahui Hawai’i on Kauai: $3,167,651.

• Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi on Hawai’i island: $3,134,982.

• Na Puuwai on Molokai: $2,661,902.

• Papa Ola Lokahi: $2,554,935.

“Thousands of Native Hawaiian families across the state rely on these clinics for health care,” said Schatz, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This year, we were able to secure additional funding, which means these clinics will have the resources to help even more people connect with their doctors and get the health care they need.”

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