State Spotlight: Hawaii


The Ho‘opa‘a Project–Hawaii Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) State Implementation Grant is a collaboration of Hawaii Pediatric Association Research and Education Foundation with Hilopa‘a, Family Voices of Hawaii, DOH/CSHNB, AAP-Hawaii Chapter, and UH Department of Pediatrics/MCH Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND). Project activities focus on improving/strengthening the system of care for children/youth with ASD and other developmental disabilities in areas of family support, medical home, autism screening, insurance coverage, and information/training on evidence-based practices, community resources, and transition.

To learn more, visit the Hilopa'a Fmaily to Family Health Information Center webpage here.  

Project Activities

The Ho‘opa‘a State Implementation Team (SIG-T) successfully launched its Rainbow Book Training. In addition, the Rainbow Book includes a module on Autism from screening to referral along the continuum. The medical home learning collaborative expanded significantly. New tools for Hawaii providers and families were developed including care plans, an ASD transition checklists for families and case managers. Autism in Hawaii has achieved awareness throughout the state in the month of April with Proclamations in each county and governing body across the state. The Hawaii team begun the groundwork to facilitate communities of practice around transition between agencies on two islands. In addition, the team developed residency training materials and curriculum for the family medicine residency program, and also explored a new service delivery model for community screening and health education.

Other Resources

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