“No one’s contacted us. The Department of Health did get a bunch of money for COVID vaccinations, but where has that funding gone?” Harbin said. “I don’t know. So we’re being left in a huge lurch because we’re growing so fast operationally, but we can’t do what we really need to do, which is to help with the vaccine mandate. So I’m hoping somebody from the state or the city will step up and maybe try to help us.”
The center partners with organizations like the Pacific Gateway Center to reach undeserved populations like Pacific Islanders, immigrants from across Asia and refugees who have language barriers. About 26% of Wahiawa residents speak a language other than English. Many residents work multiple jobs and live in multigenerational homes.