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The Path Clinic Receives Funding

Posted on | February 26, 2010 | Comments Off on The Path Clinic Receives Funding

The Hawaiʻi Community Foundation awarded a $223,000 three-year grant to the Path Clinic, which provides care, counseling and social services to pregnant and recently delivered women on Oʻahu, focusing on the needs of women struggling with addictions. Assistant Professor Tricia Wright at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, is Path Clinic founder.

The Path Clinic has provided prenatal care to more than 200 women since it was founded in 2007 with initial support from the Legislature. The clinic, located in Kaimukī, provides mothers-to-be with frequent appointments with a consistent obstetrician, frequent ultrasounds, substance abuse information and counseling, and the opportunity to learn self-care and parenting skills. Its patients are women and families who often have no where else to turn.

“This three-year grant has allowed us to establish The Path Clinic Smoke Free Program,” says Wright. “Research has shown that smoking by mothers may adversely affect pregnancy and child outcomes even more than illegal drug use does. We strongly encourage women we see to stop smoking, and this grant will enable us to expand our focus and intensify our efforts.”

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