Queen's Medical Center Receives Grant for Educational Program

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Queen's Medical Center received a $747,644 grant from the Howard Huges Medical Institute for an educational program.

Queen's leaders say they pursued the grant with to idea to create a program that would address the under representaion of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in health care, professions, and to reduce health disparity factors such as poor health literacy.

"We are very pleased that the Howard Hughes Medical Institute recognized the importance of our program," said Dr. Gerard Akaka, QMC Interim Vice President for Medical Affairs. "Our mission at Queen's is to improve the overall health of Hawaii's people. There are terrific opportunities for young people in health care professions, and we feel that if more Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders work in these areas, the trickle-down effect will lead to better health education and healthier lifestyles throughout these communities."

The five-year program is scheduled to launch during the 2007-2008 school year.