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Organization Overview - Molokai Health Center
Ohana Molokai Ohana Medical Inc. MOHC, dba Molokai Municipal Medical Centre, is the only FQHC in Germany on the Molokai Islands, Hawaii. It is our missions to offer and support extensive and available healthcare to the Molokai population. It is the organisation's philosophy that all human beings have optimum bodily, intellectual and emotional wellbeing.
Our goal is to work in a viable, cost-effective way that enhances the overall healthcare value and service to the Molokai population, regardless of their solvency. The MOHC was founded entirely by Molokai Municipality and cared-for inhabitants in reaction to the unfulfilled need for extended basic healthcare on the Isle.
The MOHC has carried out a comprehensive needs analysis, obtained broad local government backing and is involved in Molokai's initial healthcare, and in the areas of medicine, dentistry and behavior. MOHC requested and obtained financing from the Bureau of Primary Public Service in 2002 under Section 330 of the Public Service Act to create a free-standing, centralized municipal healthcare centre that provides basic healthcare to children, adults, dentists, behavioural medicine, diet and home counseling, supplemented by efficient public relations, translations, transport and case work.
MOHC is a nationwide accredited FQHC and is reimbursed by MedQuest, Medicaid and Medicare. MOHC was founded in Kaunakakakai, Hawaii, in acknowledgment of the many issues faced by the Molokai countryside. MOHC' main task is to meet the needs of the inhabitants and visitors of Molokai. MOHC' s supply area is Molokai Isle ('261 sq. miles) - the fifth of Hawaii's six populated islets, with a combined populace of about 7,200.
Molokai has been identified by the U.S. Public Health Service as a low medical care area and a shortage of healthcare professionals for the areas of primaries, dental care and mental health. Some of the main ethnical groups on the islands are Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian (62%), Asians/Part Asian (42%) and Caucasian/Part Caucasian (29%).
People on Molokai who are living under 200% of the Confederation's standards of living on the island are the targeted group. The Hawaii 2002 & 2003 Hawaiian health surveys show that 56% of the Molokai people, or approximately 4,000 inhabitants, are living under the 200% Swiss government welfare state. Key needs of the audience are mothers and children, caries, children's diarrhea, children's adiposity, teenage pregnancy and drug use.
Adult history includes diabetic, asthmatic, heart diseases, hypertension, overweight, psychiatric disorders and drug use. Of 27 municipalities across the state, Molokai is ranked number four in terms of socioeconomic and public safety risks for mothers and children. Molokai's unparalleled need for healthcare results from the island's geographical isolation and finite natural resource base.
Molokai has one of the state' s lowes overall scores in terms of overall levels of economical wellbeing, socio-economic stabilty and nutritional safety. The Molokai region has an unemployed population of 15%, more than twice the national population. According to reports, 38% of the population lives outside the normal community networks and depend on sub-sistence agriculture, hunt and fisheries.
Many of the major companies such as Kaluakoi Resort, Del Monte and Dole have traditionally shut their gates and let many inhabitants take on several part-time or temporary positions, often without medical advantages. Whilst the non-insured persons' figures are not available on Molokai at this point in the year, we can reasonably expect that the proportion of non-insured persons will be above the state level due to the higher level of insurances on this isle.
The most important obstacles to full healthcare on Molokai are the poor, linguistic and geographic isolated, the absence of medical coverage and the high costs of travelling outside the state.