To have a caring environment on Kaua`i that promotes healing and improved quality of life
- To facilitate a continually improving health network responsive to the needs of Kaua`i and Ni`ihau.
- To promote access to comprehensive health care for all people on Kaua`i and Ni`ihau.
- To provide a professional forum for exchange of information and ideas.
- To support a community wide network of health care agencies, organizations and consumers.
- To provide consultation in the areas of health planning, program development, continuous quality improvement and specific health care disciplines.
- To advise federal, state and county agencies regarding allocation of health care resources.
The Kaua`i Rural Health Association is a member of the Hawai’i State Rural Health Association.
- HEALTH: A state of dynamic balance between the physical, mental, spiritual self in relationship with the environment.
- HEALTH NETWORK: A partnership among individuals/groups/agencies whose common commitment is to support and improve the community’s well-being.
- COMMUNITY: (specific to Kaua’i and Ni’ihau) A group of individuals and families who have a rich cultural and ethnic diversity, yet are united in their appreciation for the unique beliefs and contributions of each person, regardless of age.
- GENERAL SAFETY: The community shows high regard for the individual and strives to provide a feeling of acceptance and appreciation for the unique beliefs and contributions of each person, regardless of age.
- CULTURAL SAFETY: The community conveys nonjudgmental interest in a respect for the unique values, rituals, and social contributions of all cultures.
- COMMUNITY/CONSUMER/CLIENT DRIVEN: The health care community is responsive to the needs and expectations of clients. It is characterized by the belief that given appropriate information and options, people can identify their own needs and make informed decisions.
- FINANCIAL VIABILITY: A viable health care community has financial strength to support continuous improvement.
- ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE: In an accessible system people are assisted and supported through the system, starting with the initial contact; the system is flexible, affordable, and reliable; and effective outreach is an integral function of the health care system. Kaua’i Rural Health Association.