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Easy Access Project Eases Immigrants into a New Life – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story

Hawaii has the nation’s highest rates of TB—almost three times the overall U.S. rate—and of Hansen’s disease. Health officials in Hawaii also must watch for infectious diseases that are uncommon in the rest of the country (such as dengue fever, a viral disease that is widespread in the tropics) and for emerging illnesses from Asia and the Pacific, where many immigrants originate.

According to CDC, vaccines are one of the most effective weapons against infectious diseases. However, for many of the illnesses arriving in Hawaii, no vaccines exist. Health workers at the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) always feel a sense of urgency about preventing the spread of these illnesses from immigrants to the local population.

Learn how the Hawaii State Department of Health partnered with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Lanakila Health Center in Honolulu to provide language-appropriate and culturally sensitive health services to newly arrived immigrants.

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Organization Name: Hawai‘i State Department of Health
Program Name: 

Easy Access Project

1700 Lanakila Avenue
Room 104
Honolulu, HI 96817
United States
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s) addressed: 
Healthy People 2020 Objective(s) addressed: 
Healthy People 2020 overarching goal addressed: 
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
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