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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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