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Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

OMH Grant
Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services
2239 North School Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 791-9427
Fax: (808) 848-0979
E-mail: msapolu@kkv.net
Title: Cross Cultural Bridges
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Merina Sapolu
Target Population: Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: Prenatal, Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults
Health Issues: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health


The Cross Cultural Bridges Program seeks to increase the cultural and linguistic competence of health care workers serving limited-English-proficient (LEP) communities throughout Hawaii, and increase the effective use of maternal, infant, and child care services at Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV) Health Center by Kalihi Valley LEP residents. The program trains paraprofessional KKV staff in medical interpretation, cultural competency, and working with interpreters. The program also trains KKV health care professionals in Cross Cultural Bridges, a medical interpretation and cultural competency program, to increase their knowledge on health disparities and culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services. The program works with pediatric and OB/GYN residents at the University of Hawaii Medical School to increase the number of residents working with LEP community members in Kahili Valley and to increase their knowledge of health disparities and culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services. The program also trains healthcare paraprofessionals, and Certified Medical Interpreters outside of KKV serving the LEP population in Hawaii. Women and family health education workshops, and perinatal and infant care sessions are provided to increase the residents' knowledge on how to best access care and participate in treatment decisions. The program educates LEP families with young children on the importance of vaccines by conducting a community education campaign to targeted community members and holding regular perinatal and infant care meetings at KKV.



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