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Kapiolani Medical Center, Head Start receive $3M in federal funding

Hawaii is receiving more than $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support families on Oahu and Maui, according to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Approximately $1 million will be awarded to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children to fund training for medical residents, while $2.1 million will go to Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. to support its Head Start program, which promotes school readiness for children from low-income families.

“This funding will go a long way in supporting Hawaii’s families,” said Schatz in a news release. “It will help ensure that doctors and dentists are prepared to care for women and children, and make sure that no matter how much money a family has, our children have the education (sic) foundation they need to succeed.”

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children is being awarded the funds through the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program, which helps children’s hospitals maintain their graduate medical education programs. The Maui Economic Opportunity, a nonprofit founded in 1965, operates 13 Head Start centers serving more than 250 children on Maui and Molokai.

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