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HPCA - Hawaii Primary Care Association

Molokai Community Health Center

 

Desiree Puhi

Executive Director

 

Christina Economos, MD

Medical Director

 

 

Boki Chung, DDS

Dental Director

 

 

 


Overview

Working together, several community organizations applied for federal funds in 2003 to open a Community Health Center focused on basic primary care for the people of Moloka‘i.  In April 2004, Moloka‘i Community Health Center (MCHC) opened its doors in Kaunakakai.

 

Services  

MCHC focuses on residents’ need for basic primary care that addresses chronic disease, substance abuse, mental health, and care for the elderly, along with assistance with accessing specialty services. In recent years, both the behavioral health and dental programs have grown significantly to meet the burgeoning needs of this small island community.

 

Special Populations/Health Issues

Low-income families, Native Hawaiians, immigrants, uninsured and under-insured.  These special populations have barriers to health care that include, but are not limited to, poverty, language and culture, geography, and availability of resources.  Health indicators suggest problems typical of low-income Asian and Pacific Island communities.  They include high rates of asthma, diabetes, obesity, vaccine-preventable diseases, cardiovascular disease, combined socio-economic and maternal and child health risk, substance abuse, mental health, and dental disease.  Problems of access include low per capita numbers of primary care providers and limited health facilities.

 

Patient Profile for 2012

  • Ethnic groups served: Native Hawaiian (43%), Caucasian (13%), Pacific Islander (7%)
  • Medical Patients: 1,806
  • Patient Encounters: 
  • Female: 53%
  • Uninsured: 9%
  • Medicaid: 57%
  • Medicare: 8%
  • Patients best served in a language other than English: 0%
  • Patients with an income less than 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL): 52%
  • Homeless Patients: 1

 

Federal Funding

Moloka‘i Community Health Center is a 330 (e) grantee.

 

Federal Designations

  • MUA
  • Dental HPSA
  • Mental Health HPSA