NHC Hospital appoints Leina’ala Crawford, M.D., as medical director of Kaheleaulani, a native Hawaiian health program

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<p>Dr. Leina’ala Crawford (COURTESY OF NHCH FOR NHN)</p>

North Hawaii Community Hospital has appointed Leina’ala Crawford, M.D., a family medicine physician, as medical director of Kaheleaulani, their Native Hawaiian health program.

As medical director of Kaheleaulani, Dr. Crawford will provide medical and administrative guidance, leadership, oversight and quality assurance for the clinic, in addition to seeing patients as Kaheleaulani’s primary medical physician.

Dr. Crawford and Dr. Claren Ku’ulei Kealoha-Beaudet, Kaheleaulani’s clinical psychologist and program director, will oversee the program’s Ho’omalule Project, which provides Native Hawaiian ‘ohana a comprehensive program with culturally informed medical, behavioral and psychosocial change interventions. The program meet the needs of Native Hawaiians, who make up nearly 30 percent of the community NHCH serves.

Funded in part by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Ho’omalule Project supports qualified participants in reducing their body weight by 10 percent or more over a 12-month period by empowering Native Hawaiians to be proactive in their overall health and well-being.

Most recently, Dr. Crawford served as Urgent Care and Family Practice Physician at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash. She also has experience with obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, sports medicine, as well as with managing hospitalized patients with chronic and complicated issues.

Dr. Crawford received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Central Washington University, her medical degree from Creighton Medical School in Omaha, Neb., and she completed residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.

Kaheleaulani is currently accepting patients with a target population of native Hawaiians age 13 and older, non-Hawaiians who are married to a Native Hawaiian or are a life partner of a native Hawaiian, non-Hawaiians who are widowed and whose spouse was a Native Hawaiian, and non-Hawaiians who are divorced or separated from a Native Hawaiian and have Native Hawaiian children. Kaheleaulani is located in North Hawaii Community Hospital at 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy., Kamuela, For more information or to make an appointment, call 881-4843.