January 28, 2019

Granting $188,500 to support health in Hawaii

Community benefit grant funding to help implement community health initiatives that benefit nearly 50,000 residents living on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui and Kauai.

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced today the recipients of $188,500 in community benefit grant funding. Get Fit Kauai, University of Hawaii Foundation, Project Vision Hawaii and American Diabetes Association will implement community health initiatives that benefit nearly 50,000 residents living on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui and Kauai.

“It’s a privilege to provide ongoing support to local organizations that improve the health of our state every day,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “We’re proud to partner with these nonprofits to help address public health issues that affect our community, such as homelessness, obesity and chronic diabetes.”

Na Lei Wili Area Health Education Center received $79,500 to continue Get Fit Kauai, a community health initiative with programs and events that support health and wellness for Garden Isle residents. The grant will support six key components to Get Fit Kauai: worksite wellness, safe routes to schools, research and development, heart-healthy nutrition for elders in our community, Fitness Week, and the second annual Rice Street Block Party. The program aims to continue efforts to increase biking and walking in the community, increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables, improve the health of Kauai’s workforce, and develop a greater awareness of programs available to the community.

University of Hawaii FoundationHawaii Initiative for Childhood Obesity Research and Education received $64,000 to continue promoting healthy beverage policies at 20 schools in Central Oahu through the Hawaii 5210 campaign. Schools have the ability to “earn” water bottle filling stations by adopting policies to reduce or eliminate access to sugary beverages on campus. The ongoing initiative to encourage healthy hydration at school has resulted in 70 water bottle filling stations installed on Oahu and Maui to date. With this latest round of funding, HICORE expects to install 20 more stations in the Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua complex, benefiting roughly 16,000 students from grades K–12.

Project Vision Hawaii received $25,000 to support the development and deployment of mobile hygiene trailers on Oahu and Hawaii Island as part of its HiEHiE Hospitality Project. HiEHiE trailers bring hot showers and other valuable resources such as on-site vision and health screenings, referrals, dental care supplies, hair care products and hygiene products to people experiencing homelessness. Project Vision also collects data and feedback in order to inform policy discussions about homelessness and increase access to services. With this grant, Project Vision plans to provide 2,000 hot showers to homeless individuals at 120 pop-up care village events.

American Diabetes Association received $20,000 to continue implementing Act 214, which helps students with diabetes get support for their condition at school. The law authorizes Department of Education employees to assist in diabetes testing, insulin administration and glucagon administration in emergencies, and authorizes students with diabetes to self-administer their medication at school. Earlier grants trained 69 DOE employees on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Maui. With this round of grant funding, the American Diabetes Association will increase educational outreach to 30 more schools, providing 10 workshops to train employees in helping more than 1,000 students with diabetes statewide.

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Laura Lott
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