In an effort to address the shortage of Native Hawaiian healthcare workers, The Queen’s Health Systems pledged $50,000 to fund scholarships for students enrolled in UH West O‘ahu’s ‘Ike Mauli Ola pre-nursing pathway program.
‘Ike Mauli Ola promotes a holistic approach to healthcare that integrates Native Hawaiian knowledge and values into coursework to support student success and community engagement. With support from Queen’s, 15 aspiring nurses were awarded scholarships this spring that allowed them to learn and train on the Leeward coast of O‘ahu.
“We are grateful for the support The Queen’s Health System has provided to UH West O‘ahu,” said project director Melissa Saul.
“Their generous gift helps us build capacity to serve the needs of Native Hawaiians in the state and helps UH West O‘ahu promote a comprehensive strategy to support, retain and graduate Native Hawaiian students in healthcare careers.”
Diane Paloma, PhD, director of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at The Queen’s Health Systems said, “Programs like ‘Ike Mauli Ola provide necessary pathways for local youth to remain competitive as they prepare for biomedical professions to improve the health of Hawai‘i’s people, and hopefully one day work in healthcare sites like ours.