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Schatz: Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems, Papa Ola Lokahi Set To Receive More Than $18 Million In Federal Funding To Provide Health Care, Health Education Services

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the five Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems (NHHCS) and Papa Ola Lokahi, which coordinates health care programs and services for Native Hawaiians, will receive a total of $18.2 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – a $1.2 million increase from last year. This funding, provided through the Native Hawaiian Health Care Program, will help more Native Hawaiians get access to health education, promotion, disease prevention, and basic primary care services.

“Thousands of Native Hawaiian families across the state rely on these clinics for health care. 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,” said Senator Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The grant totals are:

  • Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi on Hawai‘i Island: $3,134,982
  • Hui No Ke Ola Pono on Maui: $3,431,410
  • Hoola Lahui Hawai‘i on Kauai: $3,167,651
  • Na Puuwai on Molokai: $2,661,902
  • Ke Ola Mamo on Oahu: $3,249,120
  • Papa Ola Lokahi: $2,554,935

Schatz has led efforts in the Senate to deliver federal resources to the Native Hawaiian community, including the NHHCS. In addition to securing this increase in annual funding for the NHHCS, he successfully secured $20 million for the NHHCS in COVID-19 relief funding from the American Rescue Plan in March.