Grant To Aid Clinic’s Smokers

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - July 07, 2010
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The PATH Clinic in Kaimuki has received much-needed support from the Hawaii Community Foundation via a recent $223,000, three-year grant to establish a smoke-free program.

The Perinatal Addiction Treatment of Hawaii clinic was established by Dr. Tricia Wright, an associate professor at the University of Hawaii medical school. The clinic provides care, counseling and social services to pregnant women and those who recently delivered babies, focusing on the needs of patients struggling with addictions.


The grant will allow PATH Clinic to establish its Smoke Free Program.

“Research has shown that smoking by mothers may adversely affect pregnancy and child outcomes even more than illegal drug use does,” said Wright.

“We strongly encourage women to stop smoking, and this grant will enable us to expand our focus and intensify our efforts.”

Founded in 2007, the clinic has cared for more than 200 women. Its mission is to provide comprehensive perinatal clinical and social services to women with past or present substance abuse issues, while in a comfortable setting free of judgment and supportive of each woman’s unique path from pregnancy to capable parent.

The independent clinic is located on the grounds of the Salvation Army Family Treatment Services campus at 845 22nd Ave.

For more information, visit or call 734-2034.

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