Report Title:

School of Medicine; Dept. of Native Hawaiian Health; Appro.

Description:

Appropriates $500,000 to establish a department of Native Hawaiian health in the UH school of medicine.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2743

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

making an appropriation for native hawaiian health.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the John A. Burns school of medicine at the University of Hawaii is planning to create a department of native Hawaiian health to begin to address some of the worst health statistics of the State. Native Hawaiians die in greater percentages from such illnesses as diabetes, cancers, and cardiovascular disease. Often their diseases are diagnosed at later stages when they are more difficult to treat.

The National Institutes of Health, while on a visit to the State in 2001, encouraged the school of medicine to explore complementary and alternative medicine as embodied in the traditional health practices of native Hawaiian and other Pacific and Asian peoples such as lomilomi and la`au lapa`au, where few, if any, studies have been done. The National Institutes of Health is also particularly interested in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health statistics, acknowledging that there are not enough comprehensive statistics on the health of individual minority groups in Hawaii, especially native Hawaiians. Members of the Institutes have informed the school of medicine that now is an excellent time for Hawaii to receive research funding in this area.

Along with the school of medicine's plans to establish biomedical science facilities at the proposed Kakaako site, the establishment of a department of native Hawaiian health would form a solid base from which to draw substantial research funds and help to achieve financial autonomy for the school of medicine, thereby strengthening the academic as well as financial status of the University of Hawaii as a whole.

The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds to establish a department of native Hawaiian health in the John A. Burns school of medicine of the University of Hawaii.

SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $500,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003, to establish a department of native Hawaiian health in the John A. Burns school of medicine of the University of Hawaii.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the University of Hawaii for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon approval, except that section 2 shall take effect on July 1, 2002.

INTRODUCED BY:

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