Kapolei, Hawaiʻi — The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $200,000 Roadmaps to Health community grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The grant will support an initiative titled Hawai‘i Community and Schools Partnership Innovation by integrating community resources such as social support services, education and health care to improve learning and build stronger families on the Leeward Coast.
According to Dr. Kanoe Nāone, INPEACE’s chief executive officer, “We are so proud to receive the Roadmaps to Health grant because it builds on the strengths of the community and utilizes the strong partnerships across the service provider sector while honoring the diligent work of the Department of Education.”
The Roadmaps to Health community grant is one of 18 awarded, out of 400 plus applications, to coalitions across the nation to improve the health of their communities. Hawaiʻi Community and Schools Partnership Innovation was the only Hawai‘i alliance to receive this grant.
The Hawai‘i Community and Schools Partnership Innovation partners will work together to organize community resources to provide comprehensive and integrated support services to students and families, enhancing students’ opportunity for educational success. Barriers to learning and health care will be removed so children are healthier and better prepared to learn.
“This grant will strengthen our community-based efforts on the Leeward Coast and integrate community resources such as social support services, education and health care to improve learning, build stronger families and communities,” said Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE) Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.
Partners will work with interested schools to develop new and strengthen existing community and school partnerships in the Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area. This complex is home to the largest population of Native Hawaiians in the world, and has among the highest concentration of economically disadvantaged students in the nation. The area is considered the state’s highest-risk area for a spate of health risk factors, including infant mortality rate, teen pregnancy, and mortality rates for cancer and stroke. Graduation rates in the complex area range from 55 to 65 percent and 3rd grade math and reading scores are significantly below the state average.
“INPEACE has a long-standing commitment to the Wai‘anae Coast community,” said Sharlette Poe, small business owner and leading member of Ke Ala Hānau Moku – the rebirth of a just community. “Working together, we will keep the community voice central to any work we accomplish to improve community well being,” she added. “This grant is an important step forward to continue the good work that our partners have begun,” Poe said.
INPEACE will administer the grant for the project, which is a collaborative effort between the Hawai‘i DOE Office of Strategic Reform and Nānākuli-Waiʻanae Complex Area with partner organizations including Ke Ala Hānau Moku, a coalition of 35 service provider organizations from multiple sectors within the community that will take a leading role in implementing the grant; Kamehameha Schools Public Education Support Division and Ka Pua Initiative; Native Hawaiian Educational Outcomes Council; Hawai‘i After-School All-Stars; The Navigator’s Center at Kamaile Academy; and the Institute for Educational Leadership.
In its second year, Roadmaps to Health grants support a total of 30 state and local coalitions made up of leaders from government, business, education, health care, public health, and community organizations across the country. This year’s grantees will join 12 existing grantees to build consensus and implement policy and systems changes that address the factors we know to influence people’s health and longevity.
The Roadmaps to Health community grants are a major component of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program—www.countyhealthrankings.org—a collaboration of RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The program promotes solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities by focusing on specific factors that affect health, such as education, employment, social support, and community safety. The grants are managed by Community Catalyst, a national consumer health advocacy organization.
About the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture
The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE), founded in 1994, is a statewide nonprofit serving 4,500 annually. The organization’s mission is “to improve the quality of life for Native Hawaiians through community partnerships that provide educational opportunities and promote self sufficiency”. The organization’s P-3 Wai‘anae Initiative has established a solid base of partnerships utilizing University of Hawai‘i Foundation P-20 funds. These matching funds provided the leveraging opportunity for the RWJF grant, to facilitate the conversation between the schools and community to build schools as social hubs with wraparound services for children. For more information, please visit inpeace.org or follow INPEACE on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter (@RWJF) Facebook.
About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to quality affordable health care for all. Community Catalyst works in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers, and foundations, providing leadership and support to improve the health of communities and to improve the health care system so it serves everyone. For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org. Read or comment on our blog at http://blog.communitycatalyst.org. Follow ™us on Twitter (@healthpolicyhub).