Grant funds first
Molokai health center

Molokai will soon get its first community health center thanks to a federal grant to help low-income and uninsured Hawaii residents, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye has announced.

Another grant will expand community health care on Kauai. The money is part of $1.6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Thousands of people unable to afford health-care services will get the care they need," Inouye said Tuesday.

The $565,750 grant will go to Molokai Ohana Health Care to fund a clinic that will open in Kaunakakai. The Molokai clinic will serve an estimated 3,400 people during its first year of operation, federal officials said.

Hoola Lahui Hawaii, which operates the Kauai Community Health Center in Waimea, will receive $629,021 to open a clinic in Kapaa that is expected to serve 2,500 people. The Kauai health center will also receive a grant of $101,450 to develop a pharmacy network for all the community health centers statewide.

The Community Clinic of Maui in Kahului will use its $150,000 grant to expand mental health and substance abuse services.

And the Kalihi-Palama Health Center in Honolulu will receive $100,000 for dental services and $40,000 for caring for people with chronic diseases.


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