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December 21, 2011

OHA AWARDS I OLA LĀHUI GRANT FOR KŪLANA HAWAI‘I WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM!

I Ola Lāhui is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for $500,000 to support
Kūlana Hawai‘i, a weight management program designed with the health of Hawai’i in mind. Kūlana Hawai‘i is being funded by The
Office of Hawaiian Affairs in partnership with HMSA to provide an effective approach to weight management for Hawai‘i that is
responsive to the values and lifestyle of Native Hawaiians. The program includes individual goal setting and motivational counseling,
consultations with a nutritionist to tailor a plan to individual needs, classes about the science of eating and weight control, staying
motivated, healthy eating strategies, physical activity, stress management and health maintenance as well as opportunities for
physical activity with a trainer within the facility. There is no cost for HMSA members and scholarships from the Office of Hawaiian
Affairs are available for Native Hawaiians. At a time when a healthy way of life is needed more than ever, OHA in partnership with
HMSA has demonstrated its commitment to supporting a non-profit organization that brings these services to those that are
most in need.

If you would like more information about the program, or to enroll, please contact Geri Kaleponi, Program Manager, at (808)525-
6255 or email at kulana@iolalahui.org





July 1, 2011 - I Ola Lāhui is pleased to announce that it is a 2011 grant beneficiary of the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. and its
charity partner, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. for, “"Ready for Change: Helping Individuals Get Started with
Substance Abuse Treatment”
Each year, I Ola Lāhui seeks opportunities to partner with health clinics in underserved areas to provide needed behavioral health
services while simultaneously providing invaluable training opportunities to pre-doctoral interns.

I Ola Lāhui partners with health clinics in underserved areas to provide behavioral health services while simultaneously providing
training opportunities to pre- and post-doctoral psychology trainees. These trainees are integrated into each clinic and work
alongside primary care providers to provide health care for the whole individual.  This integrated approach to behavioral health
services provides a unique opportunity to reach individuals at all points in their recovery from substance abuse, from those that
are still actively using to those who have been clean and sober for many years.  

July 1, 2010 - I Ola Lāhui is pleased to announce that it is a 2010 grant beneficiary of the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. and its
charity partner, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. for, “I Ola Lāhui Psychology Intern Program: Bringing
Behavioral Health Services to Moloka’i.”  

Each year, I Ola Lāhui seeks opportunities to partner with health clinics in underserved areas to provide needed behavioral health
services while simultaneously providing invaluable training opportunities to pre-doctoral interns. The island of Moloka'i has fewer
health providers than are needed to meet the needs of the people living there due to its small size and geographical remoteness.  
As such, establishing a reliable source of behavioral health service to Moloka'i has been an important program goal of I Ola Lāhui's
from the start.

The generous support from the Friends of Hawai’i and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation will support training and
sending a pre-doctoral psychology intern weekly to Moloka'i to provide behavioral health services. While there, the intern, under
the supervision of psychologists on site at the clinics, will treat depression, anxiety, chronic disease concerns such as diabetes and
chronic kidney disease, as well as provide support to individuals adjusting to sudden economic and social changes impacting the
community there. It is our vision that by sending interns to Moloka'i and having them immerse themselves in the community by
living there, we not only provide necessary services for that island today, but increase the available workforce of individuals
specially trained to work in this unique setting for the future.
 

June 25, 2009 -
I Ola Lāhui is pleased to announce that it is a 2009 grant beneficiary of the
Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. and its charity partner, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg
Foundation, Inc. for, “Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention: Treatment in the Time of Greatest Need.”  

I Ola Lāhui sends trainees to provide behavioral health services on 3 islands.  This project seeks to provide effective, culturally
appropriate suicide prevention and crisis intervention treatment across these three islands. As a training program that collaborates
with multiple health centers, I Ola Lahui has the capacity to impact the lives of a wide range of people throughout the state when
they are most in need in a coordinated way.

I Ola Lāhui trainees will offer culturally appropriate treatment services to individuals who are in crisis or considering suicide in rural
communities on three  islands. The program will include developing treatment protocols and resource guides, screening, and direct
care to those in need.  Provision of these services in the community health center setting has numerous benefits in that
intervention is provided in a culturally acceptable manner, services are accessible to a broader range of individuals than are found
at traditional mental health clinics, and problems identified by primary care doctors during routine visits can be addressed
immediately rather than when they worsen and create larger problems within the family and community.

April 6, 2009 - I OLA LĀHUI RECEIVES OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS FUNDING FOR PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING:  I Ola Lāhui Rural
Hawai‘i Behavioral Health Training Program

I Ola Lāhui is pleased to announce that is the recipient of an Office of Hawaiian Affairs Kaiaulu Community grant for its Rural Hawai‘i
Behavioral Health Training Program. The funds, in the amount of $99,962, will support the training of pre- and post-doctoral
psychology trainees in effective, culturally-minded behavioral health services for use in community health center settings on O‘ahu,
Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i.  I Ola Lāhui, in partnership with Waimānalo Health Center, Moloka‘i Community Health Center,  Nā Pu‘uwai
Native Hawaiian Health Care System Clinic, and West Hawai‘i Community Health Center will bring needed behavioral health services
to Hawai‘i’s rural and medically underserved communities and increase the number of doctoral level behavioral health providers with
specialized training available to provide services in Hawai‘i's rural areas in the future.  At a time when behavioral health services are
more needed than ever, OHA has demonstrated its commitment to supporting a non-profit organization that brings these services
to the communities that are most in need.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Dr. Aukahi Austin, Executive Director,
at (808)525-6255 or email at aaustin@iolalahui.org

May 9, 2008 - I Ola Lāhui is pleased to announce that it is a 2008 grant beneficiary of the Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. and its
charity partner, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. for its Group Intervention Project.  

I Ola
Lāhui sends trainees to provide behavioral health services in 3 community health centers and 1 Native Hawaiian Health Care
Center on 3 islands.  The Group Intervention Project involves developing effective, culturally appropriate group treatment
programs for chronic pain, smoking cessation, and depression that can be implemented across these 3 sites. As a training
program that collaborates with multiple health centers, I Ola
Lāhui has the capacity to impact the health of a wide range of people
throughout the state in a coordinated way.

These groups will offer treatment services to individuals suffering from chronic pain, those seeking to quit smoking, along with
mothers that suffer from depression and have difficulty parenting their children.  The group format has numerous benefits in that
it enables participants to talk with others that share a similar experience, increases the number of individuals that can receive
services in a short period of time, and provides a culturally acceptable manner for receiving health services.


October 16,2007 - WAIMĀNALO HEALTH CENTER RECEIVES OHA FUNDING FOR PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING - The Waimānalo
Health Center is pleased to announce that is the recipient of an Office of Hawaiian Affairs Kauhale grant on behalf of the I Ola Lāhui
Rural Hawai‘i Behavioral Health Training Program. The funds, in the amount of $24,993, will support the training of predoctoral
psychology interns in effective, culturally-minded behavioral health services for use in community health center settings on O‘ahu
and Moloka‘i.  I Ola Lāhui, in partnership with Waimānalo Health Center, Moloka‘i Community Health Center, and Nā Pu‘uwai Native
Hawaiian Health Care System Clinic, will bring needed behavioral health services to Hawai‘i’s rural and medically underserved
communities and increase the number of doctoral level behavioral health providers with specialized training available to provide

services in Hawai‘i's rural areas in the future.
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