November 20, 2019

Grants support health advocacy and scholarships in Hawaii

Community benefits grants totaling $107K aim to address chronic diseases and the physician shortage in Hawaii.

Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation scholarship recipient Mary Guo (center) at HHERF's 2019 awards and scholarship gala.

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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii has awarded community benefit grants totaling more than $107,000 to the Hawaii Public Health Institute and Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation, 2 organizations striving to improve the health of Hawaii residents through policy and educational opportunities.

“It’s part of our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said David Tumilowicz, vice president of Public Relations, Communications, and Brand Management for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Supporting policies and programs that create a stronger foundation for community health benefits all of Hawaii.”

The Hawaii Public Health Institute received $92,500 to research, develop, and advocate for changes to policies and systems that improve the health and wellness of Hawaii residents. HPHI will research and monitor trends in chronic disease, obesity, and tobacco use in Hawaii, as well as public opinion polls to assess support for health policy initiatives, and will create educational materials for lawmakers, community partners, and the public.

Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation received $15,000 to support a scholarship program for Hawaii health care students. Hawaii faces a physician shortage of more than 500 doctors and a vacancy rate of 10% for non-physician health care job openings. The grant will help address these shortages by awarding 15 or more students with scholarships ranging from $500 for professional development to $2,000 toward a 4-year university or graduate program. Hawaii students pursuing a career in nursing, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy, health care IT, and other health-related positions who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.