Founded in 1986 and incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit in 1989, Mālama Pono Health Services’ mission is “To provide individualized compassionate health care services and education to meet the evolving needs of those on Kauai.” Mālama Pono means “to righteously care for.”
We accomplish our mission by pursuing a service portfolio which includes a range of human services including: case management, support at end of life, advocacy, community education, testing, Women’s wellness, Fatherhood is Sacred, and medical referrals. Mālama Pono Health Services (MPHS) is governed by a volunteer board of directors, has a budget of approximately $650,000, has a culturally competent staff, and enjoys the assistance of almost 200 volunteers. MPHS is proud to be a United Way Agency.
In fiscal Year 2013, MPHS was able to offer:
- 668 HIV and Hepatitis testing and counseling sessions
- 15 Condom Sense educational sessions with over 300 youth directly resulting increased condom use among youth (46.2% report using condoms)
- Support services, including case management, food pantry, medications assistance, housing support and more to 47 individuals living with HIV/AIDS
- Disbursed 4,400 condoms and 1,758 safer sex kits
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