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Our Island, Our Community, Our Health

Community First is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit founded by the late Barry Taniguchi in 2014 to serve as a neutral forum for the community to come together, and as a catalyst for solutions to improve health and access to health care.

Through its programs, Community First hopes to shift the model of healthcare from reactively treating disease, to proactively caring for the health of every person on Hawaiʻi Island.

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Advance Health Care Directives

Talking about your end-of-life care now makes the transition smoother when the time comes.

Our Island, Our Community, Our Health

Community First convenes stakeholders, providers and policy makers to drive initiatives to improve the health of our community. We envision a Hawaiʻi Island where we embrace our kuleana for our own health and the well-being of others.  We help individuals Own Your Health, and work together to Transform Healthcare.

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Featured Programs


Kuleana Health

Bringing together a consortium of community health centers and community-based organizations who collectively develop, organize, and deliver health literacy for Hawai’i Island.

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Community Action Network (CAN)

CAN pilot project aims to better coordinate services for the patients in East Hawaiʻi who access healthcare services most frequently.

Access to Care is a project by Community First with a simple goal: to better understand what our island communities statewide need to improve our health.

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Committed to Health in Hawaiʻi

Community First has partnered with health, social service, and government organizations across Hawaiʻi on Access to Care. Together, we are committed to improving health and health care in Hawaiʻi by first understanding the current state of our state’s health.

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