The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) is expected to receive over $950,000 from the National Institutes of Health to encourage an increase in COVID-19 testing among Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii and Guam.
The $958,613 federal grant will go toward the Puipuia le Ola project, which will work to improve testing outreach to Pacific Islanders impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s Department of Health says Pacific Islanders account for 28 percent of COVID-19 infections, despite being just 4 percent of the state’s population.
Hawai’i U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, made the announcement Wednesday. “We need to do more to fight outbreaks in Pacific Islander communities. By ramping up testing and supporting the targeted outreach efforts of local agencies on the ground, we can help stop the spread of the virus,”said Senator Schatz
By Kristofel Abella
Ka Lā News staff writer