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.
Updated/reviewed December 2018
- Need: Hawaii 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: In 2017, the first class of residents graduated from a fully accredited program as Board-certified Family Medicine physicians. There were over 1,000 applicants to the residency program, and the residency increased its complement from 4 to 6 residents per year.
Updated/reviewed May 2017
- 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 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: 12/17/2018