Hawaii: $2.8 million for in-school health clinics

Aug 21, 2017, Honolulu Civil Beat: Will More Nurses in Hawaii Schools Help Keep Kids In Class? Officials believe student health concerns play a major role in kids missing school. Common health issues among students on the Leeward Coast range from asthma to severe allergies. Those ailments are often triggered by vog, a type of air pollution. … The Legislature provided $2.8 million during the last session to expand Hawaii Keiki, which is overseen by the state Department of Education and University of Hawaii Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, into all 15 complex areas in the state. … Hawaii has been slow to establish school-based health centers because of limited resources and challenges in finding the proper staff, according to health professionals. … Housed in a converted classroom, the clinic is staffed by a physician, dentist, two nurse practitioners and support staff. The facility includes two medical rooms, two dental examination areas and a small reception area. Now in its fourth year, the school-based center provides students a quick way to get their health needs met.