$500K released for Molokai health center

Published On: Mar 19 2014 01:48:00 PM HST

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Wednesday  the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds for the Molokai Community Health Center.

Identified by the state Legislature, this grant will complete phase II of the Center's capital improvement project that includes renovation of structures, an addition of a central deck, repaving the parking lot, installing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant walkways, as well as irrigation and landscaping at its Oceanside Center in Kaunakakai.

"The Molokai Community Health Center serves approximately 3,000 of the island's 7,200 total residents, which is more than 40 percent of its population," said Abercrombie.  "This project will expand and improve access to quality health care on the Friendly Isle."

"The Moloka'i Community Health Center offers a variety of services, including substance abuse, mental health and care for elders, with medical visits accounting for more than 88 percent of visits and dental services following at 37 percent," said Sen. J. Kalani English.  "Within a small and close-knit community, this campus meets the growing health and wellness needs of its people.  My colleagues and I are glad the administration released the much-needed funds to complete phase II of the renovation project jump-started by federal grants.”"

The nonprofit Molokai Community Health Center is the only federally qualified health center on the island of Molokai.  Its mission is to provide and promote accessible comprehensive individual and community health care to the people of Molokai with respect and aloha.

The center's primary clientele are the indigent, uninsured and underinsured residents of Molokai, of which two-thirds are native Hawaiian.

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