UH Hilo launches rural health center

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii at Hilo has launched a new initiative aimed at addressing rural health problems.

The Center for Rural Health Science will draw together physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care providers to examine rural health issues throughout the Pacific via research, education, community service and policy changes.

The initiative was announced Sunday by Chancellor Donald Straney at the College of Pharmacy's White Coat Ceremony.

Straney says the center will have the resources, expertise and partners to help improve life in the rural communities.

The center's director will be Dr. Karen Pellegrin, director of strategic planning and continuing education at the pharmacy college.

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