About Our Organization

Incorporated in 2012 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, Wahiawā Health received official designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in December 2017.

Wahiawā Health brings affordable, high quality, and accessible care to the people of Wahiawā – regardless of ability to pay and on a sliding discount.  This, being consistent with Wahiawā’s mission:  “In the spirit of Aloha and compassion, Wahiawā Health provides access to affordable, quality health care and wellness services to promote a healthy community.”  

Wahiawā Health’s inception is the direct result of a vision held by the late Senator Inouye who wanted to ensure this geographically isolated area was adequately served. This vision is now considered a Senator Inouye legacy project by the Hawai’i Congressional Delegation.

Wahiawā Health’s service area is designated by the USDA as a “rural” community; and also federally designated as a Medically Underserved Population, or MUP (census tracts 91.00 – 94.00).  The MUP designation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) is a clear demonstration and documentation of an inadequate amount of primary care clinicians and the areas poor socio-economic indicators.  The Wahiawā MUP (about 23,000 residents) is also the only MUP in Hawai`i that is not within the immediate service area (or served by) an existing Community Health Center – a gap Wahiawā Health is going to fill.

The Hawai`i Department of Health is working with HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care to designate the Wahiawā
– Waialua areas as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA).  A HPSA designation comes with a numerical score that prioritizes the areas for additional priority funding and services. Wahiawā Health’s enhanced service area includes Census Tracts 90, 95.01, 95.02, 95.03, 95.04 and 95.05 which make up the bulk of zip code 96786.  Individuals living in designated areas such as these have demonstrated increased over-utilization of costly emergency room services, are in greater need of multi-disciplinary care team based approaches, and ultimately save 3rd party payers hundreds of thousands of dollars through a decrease in use of unnecessary services.

We invite you to read through the information on this website, learn about the project and support the effort to bring these much needed medical resources to the Wahiawā Community.

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Who will we serve?

Wahiawā Health as of December 2017 received official designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving Wahiawā, Waialua, Kunia & Mililani.

The Wahiawā Center for Community Health, also known as Wahiawā Health, serves residents of Wahiawā, an area defined as ZIP Code 96786. It includes Census Tracts 90 – 95 plus Tract 100 Block 9. The geographic service area includes: Wahiawā; Helemano; Whitmore; Wilikina; Schofield Barracks (Census Tract 90); and Wheeler Air Force Base (Census Tract 95). This is the primary catchment area of Wahiawā Health.

According to the 2010 Census, the total population of the primary catchment area of Wahiawā, Mililani, Waialua and Kunia are 120,000 with a Medicaid population of 40,859. This is consistent with the newly-designated Medically Underserved Population* (*Medically Underserved Populations include groups of persons who face economic, cultural or linguistic barriers to health care in the district, and reside in a specific geographic area.) From this point on, we will use the word “Wahiawā” as an all-inclusive term for all the geographic areas mentioned above.

Our Partners

Our Partners

  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Wahiawā General Hospital
  • HMSA
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Hawai`i
  • Hawai’i Pacific Health
  • Hawai’i Association of Health Plans
  • City & County of Honolulu
  • State of Hawai’i

How to get involved?

As we are still in the planning stages, we are in need of community feedback and support to show funders of the need for the Wahiawā Center for Community Health. Please send any feedback to info@wahiawahealth.org or attend one of our public meetings. As the center develops, we anticipate a wide array of volunteer opportunities and your kōkua is greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in applying to our board, please fill out and return this application. WCCH-Nomination

Our Team

The Wahiawā Health Governing Board of Directors

 

  • Jay Raymundo, President
  • Kealoha Fox, Vice President
  • Scott Harada, Director & Secretary
  • Rena TurmanDirector & Treasurer
  • Eileen Hirota, Director
  • Velma Papahileialoha KekipiDirector
  • Joy Mahiko, Director
  • Oliver Kaloi, Director
  • Bev Harbin, Executive Director

 

Learn more about our board.