Health is a fundamental part of stability for low-income and immigrant families. Hawai‘i Appleseed is involved in initiatives to ensure all individuals are able to live in healthy environments and access the health care.
Immigrants face significant disparities in health that can often be attributed to social determinants and lack of access. Hawai`i has faced tremendous budget cuts. In response, the Department of Human Services cut access to critical health services for new immigrant residents of Hawai`i, and residents present under the Compact of Free Association (COFA), some of the most marginalized people in our society. Hawai‘i Appleseed has been involved in ongoing advocacy surrounding these cuts, seeking to restore and ensuring continuation of medical benefits for some of Hawai`i’s most needy low income individuals. More information can be found on our Health Access page.
Research shows our health is shaped not only by genetics, medical treatments or lifestyle choices but rather our living conditions. These social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities. Our advocacy works to combat such inequities and ensure low income families are able to lead healthy and productive lives. Find more information on our litigation and advocacy initiatives to ensure basic habitability in public housing on our Public Housing Conditions page