PIDF’s Ka Pa‘alana outreach program, Mālama Mobile, developed a partnership with nurses to help families living at Kea‘au Beach receive health information and services.
After being introduced by the Wai‘anae Community Outreach, beginning in January 2010, Pacific Health Ministry (PHM) nurses began providing free monthly blood pressure screenings and information about healthy foods and preventive measures to maintain normal blood pressure levels to Kea‘au beach residents during Mālama Mobile’s food distributions.
In April, State Department of Health nurses combined efforts with PHM. The Public Health nurses provided information about Staph infections and keeping keiki free from contagious diseases, and PHM nurses performed free blood pressure screenings. In May, PHM nurses shared information with families about diabetes, and in June, did a special activity with Ka Pa‘alana’s preschool families called “Laughing Yoga” – a song and dance to help keiki learn about body parts and organs.