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Imua Family Services’ New Kōkua Outreach Program for Healthcare Access

August 28, 2019, 6:16 AM HST
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Imua Family Services announced their newest program, the Kōkua Outreach Program.

The program is focused on facilitating health insurance enrollment for those who are uninsured or under insured.  The program has an emphasis on people from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau as a part of the Compacts of Free Association (COFA) agreement with the United States.

Imua’s Outreach & Eligibility Specialists will provide education and navigation support to assist the State of Hawaiʻi and Maui County to reach at risk communities to assist those who qualify apply for insurance. The program will also focus on Maui County’s houseless, the LGBTQ community, farm and service workers and people newly released from correctional facilities; however the program is open to all residents of Maui County.

The goal of Kōkua Outreach is to assist all individuals to access the health care that is available to them. In doing so, Imua Family Services may identify families and children who could benefit from other services provided by Imua and other partner agencies, who have been overlooked because they have not been part of the health care system in our community.

Imua Family Services’ new Outreach & Eligibility Specialist, Genevieve DeRago, will attend Health & Wellness events, such as the recent event on Lānaʻi on August 22 for the 12th Annual Traveling Mini-Conference sponsored by Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawaiʻi.

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Imua Family Services began in 1947 providing services to children with Polio in the Territory of Hawaiʻi. Today, 72 years later, Imua continues its work with families and children together with a broad scope of child development Services and Programs including: Infant and Early Childhood Development Services, Imua Autism Services, Imua Inclusion Preschool, Camp Imua, Dream Imua and the Kōkua Outreach Program.

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Imua Family Services welcomes any introductions or information on upcoming events that will help them reach residents of Maui, Lānaʻi, and Molokaʻi. The program has the potential to bring a brighter future to island families who are in need of healthcare. For more information, contact Imua Family Services at (808) 244-7467.

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