We are excited to debut the Primary Care Needs Assessment (PCNA) Tracker in Hawaii Health Matters! The PCNA Tracker is a digital version of the PCNA Data Book produced by the Hawai‘i Department of Health Family Health Services Division. This tool allows users to compare common health statistics across 35 primary care service areas in Hawai‘i, and houses over 45 indicators of population characteristics and health status. The tracker provides information like trend and subgroup data, and interactive maps/charts that was previously not available in the Data Book. Here are some highlights from the 2021 PCNA Tracker:
- 4.1% of people in the state of Hawai‘i do not have health insurance. Although this does not reach the Healthy People 2020 target of 0%, it is lower compared to the nation (9.4%) and shows significant decrease overtime.
- Linguistic Isolation is highest in the primary care service areas of Downtown – Kalihi (27.5%), followed by Lana’i (13.4%) and Ala Moana – Nu’uanu (11.7%). Language barriers prevent households from receiving health services that are available to only fluent English speakers.
- 12 primary care service areas in the state of Hawai‘i have significantly worse rates of adults with prediabetes compared to the state value of 14%. In the lead is Hawai‘i kai – Kaimuki (16.9%), Downtown – Kalihi (16.6%), and Wailuku (16.5%).