As a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, Wahiawa Health understands the troubling trends for access to health care as outlined in a recent health care survey report, and we are working hard to be a part of the solution (“Health care access in isles bleak, report says,” Star-Advertiser, July 27).

We know firsthand the challenges our communities face with accessing quality health care and getting an appointment quickly. As one of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye’s legacy projects, Wahiawa Health was established to meet the needs of the underserved and vulnerable communities of Wahiawa, Waialua, Kunia, Schofield and Mililani by providing affordable, high-quality health care in one, convenient place.

Wahiawa Health serves a very diverse population, many of whom have gone without access to affordable health care for far too long. Identified as both a medically underserved population (too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty or a high elderly population) and a health professional shortage area (shortages of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers), Wahiawa poses a unique set of challenges — but each day we move closer to realizing Sen. Inouye’s vision.

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