Hawaii Models and Innovations
These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas. Some of the projects or programs may no longer be active. Read about the criteria and evidence-base for programs included.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed December 2020
- Need: Hawai'i is experiencing a huge shortage of family medicine physicians.
- Intervention: The Hawai'i Island Family Medicine Residency (HIFMR) program uses an interprofessional team-based approach so residents learn how to care for many types of patients in different healthcare settings.
- Results: Since 2017, HIFMR has graduated a class of 3 to 6 Board-certified family medicine physicians annually. Most graduates have remained in the state to practice medicine; those who have left have entered fellowship programs and plan to return to Hawai'i Island to practice.
Updated/reviewed July 2020
- Need: To help older adults age in place.
- Intervention: For five months, CAPABLE participants receive home visits from a registered nurse, occupational therapist, and home repair services.
- Results: The CAPABLE site in rural Bath, Maine, has helped 15 clients so far, one of whom went from 15 falls and one hospitalization in the 6 months prior to starting the program to one fall and no hospitalizations. The site in Hawaii has served three clients in the last year and has reconnected clients with their families and communities.
Updated/reviewed May 2019
- Need: To improve the health status and overall well-being of Native Hawaiians and other medically underserved populations in rural areas of Hawaii.
- Intervention: A comprehensive weight management program is led by an integrated team of health professionals who work with participants on making sustainable, lifelong changes.
- Results: Patients reported statistically significant reductions in weight, BMI, blood pressure, and chronic disease and pain, along with increased physical activity and health knowledge.
Last Updated: 12/14/2020