As a follower of our blog posts, you will get to see what we consider important in the effort to beat HIV/AIDS and what you can do for yourself, in your community and sometimes for us.
Founded in 1986 and incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit in 1989, Mālama Pono Health Service’s (Hawaiian “to righteously care for’) mission is “to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) on Kaua’i and to serve those infected with or affected by these diseases.”
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; and medical referrals. Mālama Pono Health Services is governed by a volunteer board of six members, has a budget of approximately $630,000, has a culturally competent staff of eight, 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 Hep Counseling and Testing 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