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WE Providing a Variety of Health Services Across Isle

August 31, 2012, 4:15 PM HST
* Updated August 31, 5:12 PM
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A coalition of health-care providers will be traveling caravan-style around the Big Island in September providing free health screenings and education.

Known as “WE … a Hui for Health,” the group will offer a variety of wellness services for vision and hearing, lung and kidney function, breast exams, glucose and blood pressure testing and hepatitis risk assessment. Other areas in which WE is involved include learning disabilities, mental health, nutrition, cancer, Medicare, family caregiving and disaster preparedness.

The first stop will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Ocean View Farmers Market, followed later that day at the Ka`u Resource and Distance Learning Center from 2 to 6 p.m.

WE will be at the Maku`u Market near Pahoa from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Other stops, which will involve the full WE services including the Vision Van, unless otherwise noted, include:

  • Hilo Bandstand from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7
  • Hilo Life Care Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  on Saturday, Sept. 8
  • Hilo Wal-Mart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9
  • Hawaii County Fair (Vision Van only) from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13
  • North Hawaii Education and Research Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, with full WE services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • North Hawaii Community Hospital from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with full WE services from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Waikoloa Shopping Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with full WE services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Hawi Banyan Tree (Vision Van only) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18
  • County Parks Gym in Honokaa (Vision Van only) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22
  • Parker Ranch Center in Waimea (Vision Van only) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23
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The free WE events on the Big Island are made possible by financial and other support from various health-related advocacy groups, Native Hawaiian health organizations, civic clubs and health and medical centers. Young Brothers is providing inter-island shipping of the Project Vision Van.

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Throughout this year, WE will offer 50 days of screening across six major Hawaiian islands, providing services to more than 8,000 individuals in lower-income, rural areas of the state.

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