The Hawaii State Senate and House of Representatives recognized Alika Campbell, Program Coordinator of Hale Kipa Youth Outreach (YO!) and Transition Living Programs as one of Hawaii’s Outstanding Advocates for Children and Youth. The award was presented at the annual luncheon at Washington Place on October 31, 2007. Alika, along with Jeff Kaplan of Waikiki Health Center, were nominated by Judith Clark from Hawaii Youth Services Network for their efforts in working towards the passage of HB528 HD2, a bill to allow needy minors to access health care.
The bill was written to allow certain minors ages 14-17 to consent to the provision of primary medical care and services. Sadly, there are many teens in Hawaii without dependable adults in their lives. These teens have often been prevented from obtaining appropriate medical care due to a lack of a responsible parent or guardian to provide consent for their health care. The bill was signed into law 4/23/2007. Passage of this bill means these needy youth will now have access to such basic health care as stitches, antibiotics, immunizations and dental work; fundamental health care that no one should be denied.
Alika has been with Hale Kipa since 1997 and is the Coordinator of the Youth Outreach and Transitional Living Programs. He obviously feels deeply about his role as a youth advocate, reaching out to the community and the legislature to lobby for the rights of the runaway and homeless youth that he is so deeply committed to.
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