$3.4 Million in New Funding For UH to Mitigate COVID-19 Disparities

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) announced that the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa will receive $3,400,883 in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to support efforts to eliminate COVID-19 disparities among Hawaii’s vulnerable populations, including Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

The fund will be used by UH to increase COVID-19 testing and disseminate COVID-19 educational curriculum to schools in rural and underserved communities.

UH will use the new funds to expand testing and outreach programs that have been successful at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center to four additional community health centers: Waimanalo Health Center on Oahu; the Bay Clinic Inc. and Hamakua-Kohala Health Center on Hawaii Island; and the Molokai Community Health Center.

UH will also disseminate COVID-19 educational curriculum to community schools to empower students and families to implement preventative practices, encourage testing, and help reduce infections.

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