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
  • Migrants from Micronesia and the U.S. Territories

What does BHS provide?

  • Language and cultural interpretative services
  • Assure access to and understanding of health promotion, prevention, education, and health services
  • Referral to FREE and low-cost health services and Department of Health (DOH) programs
  • Assist with medical coverage applications (Med-QUEST) focused on at-risk populations with pregnant individuals, people with disabilities, children (0-17 years old), and people over 65 years old
  • Connect families and individuals with available community resources
  • Culturally sensitive education about healthy lifestyle promotion and chronic disease prevention and management
  • Conducts and assists in home visits, assessments, and follow-up visits
  • Provides outreach, advocacy, and community-clinical linkages to health and human services and agencies

Easy Access Project

The Easy Access Project (EAP) lessens and eliminates the barriers in accessing health services. After the newly arrived immigrant or migrant completes their TB test, the EAP can assess their needs and set them up with a Bilingual Health Education Aide who can assure access to and understanding of health promotion, prevention, education, and health services.

Oahu
Ester Lapurga (Ilocano/Tagalog)
(808) 832-5014
Ireen Domingo (Ilocano/Tagalog)
(808) 832-5685
Olivia Arnemann (Vietnamese)
832-5665
John Ishoda (Marshallese)
587-5425
Rensley Alik (Chuukese)
832-5681

Kauai
Karlyse Hesley
(808) 631-1574

The Bilingual Health Services and Easy Access Project is located at:

Lanakila Health Center
1700 Lanakila Ave, Room 104, Honolulu, HI, 96817
Main Number: (808) 832-5683

Kauai District Health Office
3040 Umi St
Lihue, HI, 96766
Main Number: (808) 241-3421