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Established in April of 2017, the Community Action Network (CAN) was developed to better coordinate medical and social services for the high cost, high need patients in East Hawaii.  These patients have many medical and non-medical needs which, if not met, lead to poor health outcomes and higher medical expense.  Over 20 organizations that address social determinants of health needs such as transportation, food insecurity, utilities, housing, and personal safety participate in the CAN.  The CAN welcomes front-line staff and managers to join in discussions on how to ‘work better together’ with the goal of more effectively caring for East Hawaii community members.  An online inventory was created to facilitate referrals among CAN organizations.

CAN is led by Darryl Oliveira, former Fire Chief and Civil Defense Administrator, and Martha Yamada, Supervisor of Public Health Nurses for Hawaii County.  The CAN is open to the public and regularly meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.   The following organizations participate:

  • AlohaCare
  • American Medical Response
  • Bay Clinic (FQHC)
  • Big Island Substance Abuse Council
  • Big Island Alzheimer’s Association, Aloha Chapter
  • Blue Zones Project
  • Care Hawaii
  • Community First
  • East Hawaii IPA
  • EMS/Paramedicine
  • Food Basket
  • Hawaii Care Choices (formerly Hospice of Hilo)
  • Hawaii County Office of Aging
  • Hilo Medical Center
  • Hawaii County Office of the Mayor
  • Hawaii Island Family Health Center (HMC)
  • HMSA
  • HOPE Services
  • Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi
  • Ka’u Rural Health Community Association
  • KTA Super Stores
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Navvis
  • Ohana Health Plan
  • State Department Health, Public Health Nursing
  • Transportation Office for Hawaii County
  • United Health Care

Please contact Kim Kobayashi ( or Beatrice Interino ( for meeting details.



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