How to find affordable and effective care in Hawaii
I got into the business of healthcare delivery for myself when I was in my mid-30s.
It wasn’t until I graduated from college that I began thinking about how I could help others in my community.
For years, I worked as a social worker, but the number of health care professionals I saw were a bit limited.
After I moved to Hawaii in the mid-1990s, I realized that there was a need for a more efficient way to provide health care services to the state’s poor.
In 2009, I founded Hawaii HealthCare for the Poor (HCHP), a nonprofit health care provider in Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu.
Today, HCHP has more than 3,000 health care providers and provides services to more than 40,000 people, including more than 12,000 veterans and active-duty military personnel.
I’ve been involved with the Hawaii Health Care for the People movement since 2009.
The group’s main goal is to make health care accessible to the homeless, pregnant women, and the elderly.
The movement began in the early 2000s and has since grown to include a broad range of nonprofit organizations.
As part of HCHG, I’ve been tasked with recruiting and training new providers to provide affordable, high-quality health care to the needy.
In addition to HCHT’s health care delivery efforts, HCPP offers a wide range of other services, including a variety of services for those with disabilities.
As part of its mission, HHCP also runs a number of other community-based programs, such as helping with the distribution of food assistance, and providing medical and dental care to veterans, seniors, and others with chronic health conditions.
HCPPs work with nonprofit health systems, faith-based organizations, and local non-profits to provide access to quality health care and to strengthen local communities.
I was fortunate enough to be able to work with the HCP program in Hawaii to recruit and train new providers.
After graduating from Hawaii’s University of Hawaii, I moved back to Chicago and started a family.
While my experience at HCHPs was mostly focused on delivering health care care to our clients, I also saw an opportunity to work in the community to build a sustainable health care system in Chicago.
A few years ago, my daughter, Kaitlyn, and I moved into my hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
After a year and a half there, I decided to take a different route, opening a home health care service in Chicago and a nonprofit in Honolulu.
Through the years, we’ve built a network of more than 400,000 patients.
We’ve provided medical, dental, vision, and mental health care for more than 300,000 of our clients.
In our eight years, our client count has grown to more that 2.2 million people, which includes more than 1.5 million veterans and their families.
We’re very proud of the work we’ve done with our community and our community partners, including the Hawaii State Hospital and a number other nonprofit organizations in Chicago, Chicago, and Honolulu.
We also have partnerships with the University of Illinois, the University at Buffalo, the Chicago Public Library, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and several other local government agencies.
We’re very grateful for all of our supporters in the Chicago community, who have contributed their time and expertise.
It’s been an honor to work for Hawaii Health, HHTP, and HCP in Chicago over the past eight years.
I look forward to working with them in the future and will continue to be committed to helping to empower the underserved and connect them with the best health care options in the country.