Maui Economic Opportunity’s Maui Independent Living Center (MILC) received a Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Partner Award for 2021 for its work with the Maui Community Partner’s Coalition.
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health (MPQH) is a nonprofit health care improvement organization that partners with providers, practitioners, stakeholders, patients and families to improve care and lower costs. Part of the organization’s work falls under the direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. MPQH operates in Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska and in the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
MILC, whose mission is to ensure that persons with disabilities are full social, civic and economic community members, was lauded for its work with the Maui Coalition, whose members include medical, hospice, home health and other providers. Maui Health System, Hawaii Medical Service Association and Kaiser are part of the coalition that meets to discuss patient and family services, updates on concerns, such as COVID-19 protocols and pain medications, and care transitions between agencies.
MILC’s role in the coalition is to help persons with disabilities and their families to access services. As a one-stop-shop service provider, the agency receives referrals from coalition partners and others to help with a diverse range of disabilities.
For more information about MILC, call (808) 243-4328 or email *[email protected]*
American Sign Language interpreter Kate Eifler works with members of the deaf community during a CPR/First Aid certification class in May, organized by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Maui Independent Living Center.
*About Maui Economic Opportunity*
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., is a nonprofit agency that’s part of the national Community Action Partnership network, whose goal is to help low income individuals and families and disenfranchised people help themselves and transform their lives. Chartered in 1965, MEO offers more than 40 programs that assist low income people, kupuna, youths, persons with disabilities, immigrants and other disenfranchised individuals. MEO runs the Human Services transportation program and the Maui Bus paratransit system and Head Start preschools, as well as programs that offer kupuna socialization and information; rent, mortgage and utility assistance; Spanish interpretation and translation; entrepreneurial and financial basics; inmate reintegration into the community after release; and youth anti-drinking, -bullying and -suicide prevention. For more information about the entire array of programs, visit meoinc.org or call (808) 249-2990.