Community First Report to Help Guide Potential Reforms
Psychiatry and mental health counseling are the Big Island’s two most needed types of health care, according to an islandwide survey completed in March by Community First Hawaii, a nonprofit with a goal of improving access to health care throughout the state.
The survey polled more than 2,248 community members and health care professionals from Hawaii County, revealing staffing shortages and low morale within the medical community. The results are intended to help expand access and guide potential improvements for the Big Island’s health care industry.
“The takeaway is that the time for talk is long past,” Community First Hawaii Executive Director Randy Kurohara said about the results. “Our community is calling for urgent action to improve access to care for all of us.”
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