University of Hawai'i

Department of Family Medicine

& Community Health


Predoctoral Division

Community Service Ideas


General Ideas Oahu Projects Big Island Projects Maui Projects Molokai Project


General Ideas:

  1. Attend or help lead a self-help or health education group meeting in your area or within the organization that you are working with (i.e. DM education or support groups, weight loss, smoking cessation, etc.)

  2. Give talks in a K-12 school or at a community organization about health topics or health careers

  3. Go to a sporting event with a team physician (Many of our preceptors are team physicians for their community schools)

  4. Write a brief health topic article for Ka Nupepa (or other local newspaper/newsletter). You can contact Vanessa Wong, MD if you are interested in submitting an article for the Ka Nupepa (

  5. Produce patient education handouts or resource materials for your preceptor's office or a community organization.

  6. Attend legislative sessions to support health care improvements.

  7. Participate at first-aid stations/health booths at community health fairs or sporting events.

Oahu Projects:

  1. Tar Wars. Annual presentations in various elementary schools throughout the state, targeted at smoking prevention. This project is sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Please contact Dr. Minami if you are interested in this project.

  2. Ke Ola Mamo clinic in Waianae. 

  3. 7th Heaven Diabetic Support Group. Sponsored by the Kaiser Kahuku clinic. Contact Dr. Alik for more information.

  4. Hui Malama O Ke Kai. Ocean related program in Waimanalo that promotes respect for self, others, and the aina. Reinforces Hawaiian culture and values and teaches children the importance of academic and interpersonal success.You can assist them with tutoring 5th and 6th graders.

  5. Ma'ili Ola. An adult day center located in Waianae. Primarily for elderly patients from the west side of the island. 

  6. Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center's Integrative Weight Management Clinic. This project helps obese patients to lose weight via diet, exercise, health checks and counseling. 

  7. Free Clinic in Haleiwa.

  8. Bayanihan Clinic (Aloha Medical Mission) or River of Life Clinic

Big Island Projects:

  1. Diabetes Education and Counseling Center. (808) 933-9718.

  2. Patient education classes at the Hilo Bay Clinic. Contact: Stephanie Launiu - (808) 934-3206.

  3. Hilo Hospice. Contact: Alice Adee, MD (Medical Director) - (808) 969-6664

  4. Life Care Center

  5. Hui Malama. Social services office located in the Hilo Bay Clinic. Contact the volunteer coordinator. 

  6. Hale Anuenue Nursing Home. Located across the street from Hilo Medical Center. 

  7. Hamakua Health Center Outreach Programs. They can help arrange for you to give talks to different groups in the community. Contact: Bev Cypriano (Nurse Educator).

Maui Projects:

  1. Dental Health Van. You will accompany staff to underserved areas to provide dental care. Health Project Maui, 95 Mahalani Street. #8, Wailuku, HI, 96793. Phone: (808) 249-2665.

  2. Telehealth Network. You will accompany a nurse as they visit patients from their office in Kahalui through one of two modalities: direct video or internet video hookups. Contact: Nancy Johnson, RN, MPH - (808) 984-3250.

  3. Hui No Ke Ola Pono (Maui's Native Hawaiian Health Care System). Contact: Mei Ling Chang - (808) 244-4647.

  4. Kula Senior Citizens Club. You can give health related talks to this group that meets once a week at the Kula community center. Contact Dr. Al Yazawa for more information - (808) 876-4331.

  5. Hana Community Health Center's Health and Fitness Program. Contact: Pake or Cheryl - (808) 248-8294

  6. Hana Community Health Center's Kupuna Program. They meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the old Hana School cafeteria for an exercise session followed by blood pressure screening. You can do a health talk for this organization. Contact: Sanoe - (808) 248-8294.

Molokai Projects:

  1. Kalama Uma. Hawaiian Health Services. Phone: 553-5586

  2. Na Pu'uwai. A federally funded Native Hawaiian Health Service organization that services Molokai (including Kalaupapa) and Lanai. They offer screenings, case management, public health education, health related workshops, and many other programs.Phone: 553-3653.

  3. Lamalama Ka'ili. Preventive services for the general population. They help to coordinate diabetes care. Also involved with hospice, kidney health, mental health, and some specialty services. Phone: 553-4205.

  4. Molokai Hospice Program. Contact: Dr. Aluli (Medical Director)

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