Waikiki Health's PATH Clinic Earns Top Honors from Mutual of America's 2015 Community Partnership Award

Honolulu-based Organization Named National Award Winner for Partnership with Salvation Army Family Treatment Services to Provide Vital Services to Pregnant and Parenting Women Struggling with Substance Abuse.

Nov 19, 2015, 14:07 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Waikiki Health's PATH Clinic received the 2015 Governor Hugh L. Carey Award, presented annually to the national award-winning program in its 2015 Community Partnership Award competition.

The number of pregnant women in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse has jumped significantly in recent years. Those pregnancies often result in babies born with low birth weights and other complications. In 2006, the Hawaii State Legislature funded a pilot program to address this growing issue.

Waikiki Health assumed operation of PATH Clinic in 2011, expanding its services to include primary medical care, child care, social services and more. Waikiki Health partnered with Salvation Army Family Treatment Services to ensure a greater number of pregnant and parenting women have access to comprehensive medical care that addresses their gender-specific addiction and social service needs in a nonjudgmental and compassionate environment.

In 2014, 97.4 percent of babies born under the care of Waikiki Health's PATH Clinic were at or above the national healthy birth rate average and 94.7 percent were full-term pregnancies.

"Addiction is a multilayered problem. Women struggling with this issue need to feel supported and cared for, not judged," said Sheila Beckham, Chief Executive Officer of Waikiki Health. "At Waikiki Health's PATH Clinic, our overarching goal is to help these women and their babies get through pregnancy in the safest way possible, to provide education for healthier choices and to provide compassion and services to help them rebuild their lives."

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 200 partnerships from cities and towns across America since 1996. To learn more, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa. To watch videos of all 20 national award-winning programs, visit the official YouTube channel for the Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award.

"All of the 2015 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.

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