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Koolauloa Health and Wellness Center

 

Oreta Tupola

Interim Executive Director

 

Amadeo Manuel

Chief Financial Officer

Pat Mason-Dozier, DDS

Clinical Director

 


Overview

Ko‘olauloa Community Health and Wellness Center (KCHWC), a private, non-profit, community-based Federally Qualified Health Center, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in October 2003.  Prior to that, community members met for years discussing the needs and the lack of primary care services in the Ko’olauloa area.  KCHWC opened its doors to patients on November 1, 2004 and recently expanded its capacity by occupying offices on the campus of Kahuku Hospital, as well as opening a primary care site in Hauula.

 

Services

KCHWC provides acute care (injuries, infections, etc.), chronic care (management of high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, etc.), physical exams (school, sports, work, women’s annual including pap, well baby and child care, etc.), immunizations, family planning (brochures, classes, contraceptives, STD screening, etc.), minor surgery (lacerations, skin biopsies, draining boils, etc.), mental health counseling, podiatry (foot care), Native Hawaiian Healing, home visits, case management, and eligibility/outreach services.  Oral health (dental), nutrition, and substance abuse services will be offered in the near future.

 

Special Populations/Health Issues

Target populations include the poor, underinsured, uninsured, homeless, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, immigrants, agricultural workers, youth and the elderly.  Native Hawaiians have the poorest heath statistics compared to other ethnic groups including the highest death rates of all, high disability rates secondary to stroke and cerebro-vascular conditions, high rates of hypertension, twice the obesity rates, the highest cancer mortality rates, extremely high rates of diabetes – more than 5 times more than non-Hawaiians between 19-35 years old.  Other health concerns include obesity, diabetes, asthma, poor dental health, drug abuse, inadequate prenatal care and teen births.

 

Patient Profile for 2012

  • Ethnic groups served: Native Hawaiian (29%), Caucasian (28%), Pacific Islanders (24%)  
  • Users: 6,027
  • Patient Encounters: 17,294
  • Female: 55%
  • Uninsured: 22%
  • Medicaid: 14%
  • Medicare: 4%
  • Patients best served in a language other than English: 2%
  • Patients with an income less than 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL): 50%
  • Homeless Patients: 1,131

 

Federal Funding

Ko‘olauloa Community Health and Wellness Center is the grantee of subcontractor for:

  • 330(e) Grantee.

 

Federal Designations

  • MUA