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Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai’i COVID-19 3R Team Updates – April 23, 2021

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From: NHPI Hawai’i COVID-19 3R Team <>
Date: Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Subject: Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai’i COVID-19 3R Team Updates – April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

See pages for the latest updates on vaccination sites and testing centers.
Hawai’i COVID-19 Vaccine Summary
Last Updated: April 22, 2021
Source: Hawai’i Department of Health
State of Hawaii Weekly COVID-19 Cluster Report, 4/22/2021
Hawai’i is fourth in the U.S. in terms of percent of people fully vaccinated, with 30.40% of the population fully vaccinated. The U.S. average is 25%.
Source: Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
1,118,905 Vaccines Administered in Hawai’i, 4/23/21
Vaccination Registration
Phase 2:  Vaccinations for those 16+ began Monday, April 19

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
Language translation services are available!
LISC Vaccine Access Fund Program
Pier 2 Cruise Terminal
*Everyone 16+ by appointment only. Register
521 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu

Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall
*Everyone 16+ by appointment only. Register
777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu

Consolidated Theaters, Kapolei
*Everyone 16+ for members AND nonmembers. Register
890 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei

Leeward Community College
*Everyone 16+. Register
96-045 Ala `Ike, Pearl City

Wilcox Medical Center
*Everyone 16+ by appointment only. Register
3-3420 Kuhio Highway, Lihue

Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital
*Everyone 16+ by appointment only. Register
4643 Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea

Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital
*Everyone 16+ by appointment only. Register
4800 Kawaihau Rd, Kapaʻa

Kaiser Permanente Lihue Clinic
*Everyone 18+ for members AND non-members. Register
4366 Kukui Grove St #101, Lihui

Maui Memorial Medical Center

*Everyone 16+. Register
221 Mahalani St, Wailuku
Moloka’i General Hospital
*Moloka’i residents 18+. Walk-ins only.
Call (808) 553-3121

280 Home Olu Place, Kaunakakai

Moloka’i Community Health Center
*Moloka’i residents 18+. Appointments recommended
Call (808) 553-5038, option 1
30 Oki Place, Kaunakakai

Queen’s North Hawai‘i Community Hospital
*Everyone 16+. Appointment only. Email and include name, date of birth, phone number, and employer if you are an essential worker.
Kona Medical Office
*Everyone 18+. Register
74-517 Honokohau St, Kailua-Kona

Hilo Clinic
*Everyone 18+. Register
1292 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo

 2021 City and County of Honolulu Rental and Utility Relief Program
County of Hawai’i
County of Kaua’i
County of Maui
City and County of Honolulu
In-Language Reopening Strategy Documents
Several surveys are still in circulation  The findings will support accurate allocation of resources, and public health message development.
I’ll Take It | Dr. Pascua
Hawai’i Department of Health
Currently available in Chamoru, Chuukese, English, ‘Olelo Hawai’i, Kosraean, Samoan, Tongan
@NextGenHawaiiFacebook, TikTokTwitterYouTube
Addressing Health Equity in Diverse Populations Report
Released March 16, 2021

What is the burden of COVID-19 on
Pacific Island and Native Hawaiian communities
in Hawai’i?

The Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Hawai’i COVID-19 Response, Recovery & Reslilience Team (NHPI 3R) was established in May 2020, in alignment with the national NHPI Response Team, to improve the collection and reporting of accurate data, identify and lend support to initiatives across the Hawaiian Islands working to address COVID-19 among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and unify to establish a presence in the decision-making processes and policies that impact our communities.  More than 40 agencies, organizations and departments comprise this NHPI 3R Team.


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Community Partnerships & Volunteers – April 17, 2021

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Financing Community Health Workers Through Medicaid

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As the nation grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, community health workers (CHWs) are being recognized for the role they play in improving health outcomes of our most vulnerable communities. In fact, the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocates funding for the recruitment, hiring, and training CHWs by public health departments.

Federal attention on community health workers comes after many years of state-level efforts to increase financing opportunities for CHWs. Some state and local agencies use grant funds (e.g., CDC 1815 funds, HRSA, state grants) to pay CHW salaries or contracted positions. Health systems and providers may also pay for CHW positions voluntarily through a core operating budget, which often begins with a pilot successfully demonstrating a return on investment for the provider.

CHWs are often paid for a broad range of services that are core to their work, like relationship-building and community outreach activities, that otherwise might not be reimbursed through insurance. Some states require their Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) to offer CHW-delivered services or employ CHWs as an administrative cost. Medicaid managed care financing mechanisms—which provide Medicaid health benefits and services through contracted arrangements between Medicaid agencies and MCOs—do not necessarily require increased payment but may shift how providers allocate capitated payments from the managed care plans. Indiana and South Dakota have submitted Medicaid state plan amendments to allow CHW reimbursement or other non-licensed providers for preventive services in fee-for-service settings. Alternatively, states could apply for a federal demonstration waiver to integrate CHWs into broader delivery system reform efforts.

Suffice to say, despite the effectiveness of CHWs in tackling social determinants of health, it has not been easy to figure out sustainable financing mechanisms for their work. So, states are also exploring opportunities to use Medicaid to fund CHWs. In the current legislative cycle, several states have introduced bills that would reimburse CHW services through Medicaid.

Minnesota introduced HF 69 to expand the range of CHW-delivered services covered by the current Medicaid reimbursement provisions. The bill provides a definition for care coordination provided by CHWs to include activities such as addressing a client’s mental health, social, economic, housing needs—as well as services such as dental care.

Indiana introduced HB 1147, which would allow the state to reimburse six types of Medicaid providers, including CHWs, for seven medically necessary telemedicine services. These telehealth services include conducting health assessments and providing consultation.

Illinois introduced HB 158, the Community Health Worker Certification and Reimbursement Act. Under this bill, CHW services are covered under the medical assistance program, a state-wide program providing healthcare related assistance to eligible residents. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services would develop services—like care coordination and diagnosis-related patient services—for which CHWs will be eligible for reimbursement through Medicaid.

Nevada introduced AB 191, which would direct the state to submit a Medicaid state plan amendment to CMS for coverage of CHW-delivered services. Provision of these services would be under the supervision of a physician, physician assistant, or an advanced practice registered nurse.

Texas introduced SB 136, which would allow each Medicaid MCO providing healthcare services under their Medicaid managed care program to categorize services provided by a community health worker as a quality improvement cost instead of as an administrative expense. Most people receiving Medicaid in Texas get coverage through the STAR managed care program which covers low-income children, pregnant women, and families who get their services through health plans they choose.

As states look to identify sustainable strategies for addressing disparities, CHWs will play an essential role in serving as bridges to communities where health and social inequities are prevalent. Expanding financing opportunities for CHWs will help strengthen the role of a community-based workforce in improving health outcomes. ASTHO will continue to track legislation and highlight new strategies that states can use to finance CHW programs.

Tequam Worku, MPH, is a senior analyst for clinical to community connections at ASTHO

The development of this blog is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant number 2 UD3OA22890-10-00. Information, content, and conclusions will be those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.