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‘Ohana offers 1,000s across Hawaii access to free health education and screening

‘Ohana Health Plan, a statewide provider of managed care services for Hawaii’s government-sponsored health care programs, is sponsoring 13 wellness events across the Island of Hawaii in September. These events are part of WE … a hui for health, a program launched in 2011 to improve access to health care for residents across the state. During the events, a traveling consortium of 30 organizations offers free health screening, education and counseling. All services are free.

The screenings that will be offered during the upcoming events include vision, blood pressure, memory, hepatitis risk and kidney health. Counselors will also be present to offer health education about topics such as smoking cessation, depression, women’s health, family care giving, post-traumatic stress disorder and insurance options.

Over the past three years, the program has provided free health care to more than 12,000 people across all six major Hawaiian Islands.

WE health wellness event dates in North Hawaii are:

• Sept. 26: Honakaa Salvation Army; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Sept. 29: Waikoloa Village Association (tennis courts); 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about WE … a hui for health, contact Annie Hiller at 808-282-2265 or