HILO, HI, Oct 15, 2010 -- State Director, Chris J. Kanazawa, for USDA Rural Development Hawaii State Office, announced the selection of Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System, to receive a $220,000 grant. The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development's Rural Community Facilities Program. Funds received will be used to purchase the building currently leased by the Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System.
Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System is a community-based Native Hawaiian organization on the island of Molokai, dedicated to the betterment of the health conditions of Native Hawaiians. It was founded in 1985 as an advisory committee to the Molokai Hearth Study in collaboration with the University of Hawaii, the World Health Organization and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
"Rural communities across the nation pay higher health care cost and have less access to health care facilities. This USDA Rural Development grant will provide Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Systems with the ability to provide affordable health care services to the native Hawaiian community of Molokai," Kanazawa announced.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Additional information about rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or on USDA's Web site at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov or the Hawaii State Office Homepage at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/hi/.
USDA Rural Development is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Provider, and Employer. Complaints of discrimination should be sent to: USDA, DIRECTOR, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.