AlohaCare announces $5 million Community Innovation Investment Program

AlohaCare has announced a new Community Innovation Investment Program called Waiwai Ola, which means “Health Richness.”

AlohaCare will dedicate $5 million to invest in community-based programs that promote health and wellness, address social determinants of health, and innovate healthcare delivery and payment systems.

“Caring for our communities in partnership with Hawaii’s health centers and providers is AlohaCare’s kuleana,” said AlohaCare CEO Laura Esslinger. “This call for ideas is for you, our partners, who deliver care in neighborhoods throughout Hawaii. Our intent is to annually set aside a portion of our income to reinvest in the communities we serve. By supporting community innovation, we not only advance health and wellness in Hawaii, we uphold AlohaCare’s mission, vision, and values.”

As part of the program, AlohaCare is looking to partner with contracted primary care providers to test innovative pilot projects. The projects will work toward achieving the Quadruple Aim of better outcomes, lover costs, and improved patient and provider experiences.

Primary care providers, organizations, and community-based entities can submit proposals that address a range of topics, including:

  • Behavioral health integration
  • Social determinants of health
  • Build capacity and improve access to primary care
  • Ohana Nui
  • Improve outcomes for high-need, high-cost individuals

More information on submitting a proposal can be found here.