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January 2024— Practice one or more of these tips to de-stress as we begin the New Year.

Here’s some manaʻo from our Behavioral Health team on how to start of this wonderful New Year with tips on how to relax and de-stress.

Our behavioral health line: (808) 747-6480
We are here to help ♥️

August 28th— Hāmākua-Kohala Health receives PCMH Certificate of Recognition.

As a recognized (PCMH) Patient Centered Medical Home, Hāmākua-Kohala Health is able to achieve Recognition for Systematic Use of Patient-Centered, and Coordinated Care Management Processes by providing our patients with quality care and access to services and resources such as transportation, food, shelter, and other social determinants of health. 

Congratulations to our HKH staff in continuing to meet the guidelines and expectations to receive PCMH recognition now going on 9 years!

August 21st through September 5th— Telehealth Survey Available

To better serve our communities we would like to hear from YOU. Click on the link below to complete the on-line survey or stop by any of our four locations in Honokaʻa, Kohala, Laupāhoehoe, and Waimea to complete a paper survey.

Telehealth Survey Link

Physician Assistant Toni Caravalho.

November 2023— Save-the-date! Breast Cancer Awareness Event

On Friday, November 3rd, 2023 we will be hosting Ladies Night Out, a breast cancer awareness event at the Honokaa Gym Complex from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will be health screenings available, informational vendors, craft and retail vendors as well as activities including massage, nail painting, and much more! Call us at (808) 930-2759 for more information.

July 2023— Join us this Saturday at Kohala High School for the Kohala Back to School Bash!

The Back to School Bash will be held on Saturday, July 22nd at the Kohala High School from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It is an admission free event open to all! There will be informational vendors, craft and food vendors available. There will also be face painting, jumping castle, maze and free school supplies for keiki . Be sure to scan the QR code to register your child. Call us at (808) 930-2759 for more information.

Our plans are in the making for a new health center in Honokaʻa!

Hāmākua-Kohala Health will be expanding services from our current location on Plumeria Street to an additional location above the Honokaʻa Skatepark.

The new health center will include primary care, behavioral health, dental services, and much more!

Visit “Ways To Give” to donate to a new health care facility to better serve our communities!

Growing Our Own!

Physician Assistant Toni Caravalho started with Hāmākua-Kohala Health in 2013 as a Health Insurance Coordinator helping the Kohala community to get the health care coverage they needed.

Over the years she has also served in our Quality Improvement department gaining the knowledge and experience that would assist her as she continued her journey to higher learning. Now ten years later she serves the Kohala and Waimea communities as one of our many healthcare providers.

June 2023— Mahalo for your years of service Dr. Harper, enjoy retirement!

As one of our internist here at Hāmākua-Kohala Health for the past few years not to mention your time spent here before moving to Maui, know that your expertise, knowledge and sense of humor will be missed!

Dr. Irving Harper III retires from Hamakua-Kohala Health after years of providing health care at our Honokaa and Waimea clinic sites.

May 2023— Hamakua-Kohala Health to host first health fair event since 2019.

The Kick-Off to Summer Bash will be held on Saturday, May 6th at the Honokaa Gym Complex from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. It is an admission free event open to all! There will be over 20 informational vendors available including Hawaii Life Flight, Legal Aid Society, AlohaCare, HMSA, ‘Ohana Health Care, and United Health Care Quest. There will also be a keiki zone with face painting, jumping castle, and Keiki ID. Covid vaccination clinic will also be available for those looking to get their booster shot. Call us at (808) 930-2759 for more information on our upcoming health fair event.

November 2022— Hamakua-Kohala Health receives Community Partner Award  “Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii Alakaʻi Award” 

Jen Valera & Kai Carvalho, Hāmākua-Kohala Health Staff Members received Outstanding Community Partner recognition in Tobacco Control by the Hawaii Public Health Institute. We would like to thank all the team members and partners that contribute into making these efforts and success possible.

November 2022 —Growing and accelerating in the Medical Field recognition.

Medical Assistant Naheana continues her education for higher learning towards her Licensed Practical Nurse certification. She has been recognized by the National Society of Leadership and Success with multiple certificates while on her journey.
 
Nahe achievements

September 2022 —American Heart Association and American Medical Association “Silver Recognition awarded to Hamakua-Kohala Health”

In recognition for your commitment to improving blood pressure control through accurate measurement among your adult patients.

American Heart Association Logo

What’s happening to the Old Honoka’a Infirmary now that it’s demolished? Sharon Cariaga-Alfonso, Business Development Director, shares insights for our future expansion of Hamakua-Kohala Health in Honoka’a. 

With the upcoming Honoka’a facility, we will continue to serve our communities by being accessible. We are committed to providing quality healthcare, whether uninsured, underinsured, or insured. 

Our comprehensive services in our upcoming facility include Primary Care, Dental, Behavioral Health, and other enabling services to keep you and our community healthy. We would like to acknowledge and appreciate your generous aloha, patience, and support throughout the years.

Are you concerned about your blood pressure, or would you like to learn more about how to improve your blood pressure? One of our many healthier you programs offers Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring. 

We have Ashley, Medical Assistant, demonstrating how to use the monitor correctly. At Hāmākua-Kohala Health, we teach our patients how to self-monitor their blood pressure daily at home or wherever. We provide clinical support, one on one counseling, and education.

To learn more about our health education programs, call us at (808) 775-7204.

How to monitor your blood pressure Ashley, Medical Assistant of Hamakua Kohala Health demonstrates using an at-home blood pressure monitor and reading your blood pressure. To learn more about our health education programs or to schedule an appointment, call us at (808) 775-7204. Whether insured or uninsured, we can help you.

Are you ready for a nutritional diet and a better you? Melody, our Care Coordinator, shares insights with one of our many healthier you programs. The VeggieRX, The Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program, helps our patients who may need support with nutritional education, diabetes, and hypertension, to name a few. The VeggieRX is a fantastic partnership with our local farmer’s market, where we get fresh fruits and produce. Learn more about VeggieRX and our other healthier you programs by contacting Hāmākua-Kohala Health at (808) 775-7204. This program is part of being a Federally Qualified Health Clinic.

Let’s make a refreshing local-style tofu salad! Melody (Care Coordinator) from Hamakua Kohala Health, Healthier You Programs, demonstrates an easy-to-make Tofu Salad using local fresh vegetables from our local farmers and Veggie RX program. Let’s continue to make healthier choices.

Did you know flossing is essential to preventing teeth and gum problems? Learn the proper way to floss your teeth with Dr. Joseph Coleman, DDS of Hamakua Kohala Health. Practice this technique to have healthier teeth and gum, and reduce undesired visits to the dentist. Hamakua Kohala Health is currently serving twenty years and younger patients at our Kohala and Waimea clinics.

Have you been diagnosed with pre-diabetes? Not sure if you have pre-diabetes? Get tested today at Hamakua Kohala Health to get enrolled. It is not necessary to be a patient of Hamakua Kohala Health. Our Diabetes Prevention program is a year-long curriculum with tools to get you on the right track. Call us today and find out how you can get started. Hamakua Kohala Health Diabetes Prevention Program Direct line: (808) 930-2770 Main: (808) 775-7204

Are you trying to quit tobacco smoking? Jan Valera, Health Literacy Director, and our other Quit Tobacco Specialists of Hamakua Kohala Health help individuals who want to quit smoking. This tobacco treatment program will assist you with all the right tools to help you quit smoking. Anyone can participate, but you must be 18 years or older. Call us today to find out more about how you can get started on quitting smoking.

We offer our patients free transportation. Do you need a ride to your appointment? One of the best things about Hamakua-Kohala Health is we offer our patients a free ride to their doctor’s appointments and pharmacy. If you live between Ninole, Kohala & Waikoloa areas, we will gladly pick you up and drop you off. Our patients enjoy this wonderful transportation service!

Free home Covid-19 test kit, and N-95 Mask while available at all locations.We are here to help our North Hawaii communities with Covid-19 services offered at Hamakua Kohala Health. Covid-19 services are offered at our Honokaa, Waimea, and Kohala Clinics. 

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