What is Bilingual Health Services?
The Bilingual Health Education Aide program assists immigrants, migrants, Compact of Free Association groups, Native Hawaiians, and limited and non-English speaking to access health and other related services in the community.
Who qualifies for Bilingual Health Services?
- Legal immigrants who arrived in Hawaii after August 22, 1996
- Migrants from Micronesia and the U.S. Territories
What does BHS provide?
- Bilingual interpretation services
- Provision and delivery of health promotion and education services to non-English and limited English speaking population of the state
- Referral to free and low-cost health services
- Assistance to apply for public health insurance (MEDQUEST) for 0-18 years old
- Information on social services available in the community
- Education for clients about disease prevention, risk reduction and health promotion
- Assistance with language and cultural interpretation
- Home visits and follow-up visits
- Provision of linkages to various health agencies in the community
Bilingual Health Education Aides
Chio Yee Pun-Ho (Cantonese/Mandarin) 587-5428
John Ishoda (Marshallese) 587-5425
Olivia Arnemann (Vietnamese) 832-5665
Tugalei Soa (Samoan) 233-3793
Nena Kim (Ilocano/Tagalog) 453-6070
Susana Quintana (Tagalog) 832-5685
Rensely Alik (Chuukese) 233-3793
Duquesa Padamada (Tagalog/Ilocano) and Pua Ka’ohelaulii (Hawaiian) 241-3564
Nancy Leano (Tagalog/Ilocano) 984-8216, 335-8410
Easy Access Project
The Easy Access Project is a federally funded program that lessens and eliminates the barriers in accessing health services. Newly arrived immigrants and migrants can contact EAP for an interview to determine the immigrant/migrant’s needs. After this assessment, EAP will set them up with a Bilingual Health Education Aide. The EAP is open from 8am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday. EAP can be reached at: 832-5685 or you may go to the main office on Oahu, located at: Lanakila Health Center, 1700 Lanakila Ave. Room 104, Honolulu, HI 96817.