Na Pu’uwai receives grant to help with diabetes education

The Na Pu‘uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System on Molokai recently received a $31,000 grant to help those with diabetes.

The grant was announced Feb. 6 by the Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) Foundation as part of $450,494 in grant awards to 10 local health programs and community organizations in the fourth quarter of last year. The HMSA Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable foundation that supports efforts across the state to improve the health of Hawaii’s people.

For Na Pu’uwai, the grant supports the Molokai Drugs Health Care Program. The grant will help educate people with diabetes on the importance of taking their medication. The program places 50 participants of Native Hawaiian ancestry and other minority groups in individual or support-group settings.

“The grant will help improve patients’ overall health and develop a positive attitude toward diabetes self-management,” said Judith Mikami, Na Pu‘uwai’s associate and resource director.

Other Hawaiian groups to benefit from these grants include: Aloha Medical Mission, American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association in Hawaii, Faith Action for Community Equity, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Māla‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School, National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawaii, Surfrider Spirit Sessions and University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, which received the largest of the grants worth $200,000.

Na Pu´uwai, Inc., founded in 1985, is a community-based Native Hawaiian organization on the island of Molokai, dedicated to the betterment of the health conditions of Native Hawaiians.


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