IN THE NEWS: UH Medical School Psychiatry Department Collaborates with I.H.S. to Reach Mentally Ill Homeless

Hundreds of University of Hawai`i medical students have helped treat O’ahu’s homeless. Now the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Psychiatry and the Institute for Human Services (IHS)–with the assistance of a grant awarded to IHS–are bringing a whole now new level of care to some of the streets’ most troubled citizens.

Key to this effort for the Department of Psychiatry are our dedicated medical residents and JABSOM Assistant Professor Dr. Chad Koyanagi, who provides psychiatric care for Hawai`i’s most ill and underserved patients at The Queen’s Medical Center (adult inpatient unit), the Hawai`i State Department of Public Safety, and the Institute for Human Services (IHS).

“The Department of Psychiatry is extremely proud of the innovative and critically important work that Dr. Koyanagi does, in designing systems of care to improve access to mental healthcare and in courageously in advocating for the needs of the under served,” said Interim Chair of Psychiatry Dr. Tony Guerrero. “He is a tremendous role model for those who work with him, and he has inspired many of our trainees to choose careers in public and community psychiatry.”

Read more about the JABSOM Psychiatry-IHS partnership, in a front-page story from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.   The forgotten – Hawaii News – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Photo of  tents used by homeless people lining the streets of Kaka’ako taken in 2011 by JABSOM’s Arnold Kameda.

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