I Ola Lahui is a Hawai‘i nonprofit corporation in operation since 2017. Their mission is to provide culturally minded, evidence-based behavioral health services that are responsive to the needs of medically underserved, Native Hawaiian, and rural communities. They provide behavioral health services that are tailored to the unique needs of each community and train the next generation of providers while they do it.
“Our accredited training program places future psychologists in neighbor island, rural, and undeserved communities where they can provide behavioral health services while they are training,” said ukahi Austin Seabury, Ph.D., Executive Director and Licensed Clinical Psychologist of I Ola Lāhui Inc. “Using this model, we’ve been very successful at placing psychologists in settings where they get hired on and remain once they are licensed. In this way, we create a sustainable workforce to serve in our most needed areas. We are working with the University on interdisciplinary training models to include social work, pharmacy, family medicine and psychiatry. We engage with a community to understand their needs and then develop a program in partnership with the community health organizations in that community to meet those needs.”
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