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Running head: WAIPAHU FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

Waipahu Family Health Center


Krystle Barroga
NURS 320
October 6, 2014

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The Waipahu Family Health Center is affiliated with the Waianae Coast Comprehensive
Health Center. WCCHC is comprised of 6 services sites throughout the west side of Oahu. Their
main campus is located in Waianae; they have two clinics, one located at the Waianae mall and
the other in Nanakuli. They have several adult day care centers throughout the island. They also
have two health care centers; one is Kapolei and the other in Waipahu. The Waipahu family
Health Center is located on the first floor at the Filipino Community Center. This location was
easy to find and there was a lot of free parking.
Before visiting this location, I decided to give this center a call. After getting a brief
breakdown of the Waipahu Family Health Center from Shannon from HR, she transferred me to
Linda and Joy from WFHC. Linda and Joy took the time to share specific details about the
Waipahu Family Health Center. They explained that they treat patients of all ages, majority of
them being Micronesian and Filipino (Joy, Linda, personal communication, September 24,
2014). They accept all insurances except for Kaiser and Tricare. However, if a patient does not
have health insurance, WFHC has a sliding fee scale that can help determine how much to pay.
This scale is based on a patients income. If one does not qualify, they must pay $15 out of
pocket for each office visit. Joy also explained that there is a staff member that assists patients
with insurance applications.
WFHC provides the Waipahu community with a number of services, including OB/GYN
care, womens health care, pediatric care, teen counseling and education, general/family practice,
and behavior health services. I was also told that WFHC runs two separate offices, a doctors
office and an office for our behavior health services (Joy, personal communication, September
24, 2014). To go more in-depth, they provide services related to menstruation, menopause,

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maternal health, prenatal care and education (Specialty, n.d.). They also provide annual health
exams, such as pap smears, pelvic and breast exams as well as HIV and STI testing. WFHC also
manages high risk conditions during pregnancy, such as diabetes, substance abuse, and
nutritional deficiencies. They perform ultrasounds during routine pregnancy checkups; however,
they do not have the proper equipment for fetal assessments and monitoring. If needed, they send
their patients out. The OB physicians of WFHC deliver at Queens and Kapiolani hospital. They
also have a perinatal case manager on site that helps with the application process for the WIC
program at the main campus in Waianae. As for family planning services, WFHC provides low
or no cost birth control services and supplies, such as the IUD, depo shot, nuva ring, BCPs,
transdermal patch, as well as condoms. They also provide emergency contraception medication,
such as plan b. This health center also performs pregnancy tests, as well as referrals for abortions
if needed. Last but not least, WFHC also provides services for teens ages 14-19. Their teen
clinic service is confidential and free for teenagers seeking birth control, pregnancy test, pap
smears, or counseling and education.
If I could create a teaching plan for the clinical setting, it would be targeted towards the
teenage population who are seeking for birth control options. Because Waipahu Family Health
Center provides free services, including birth control, to teenagers, I would recommend them to
visit this health center. This health center provides many brochures and pamphlets of the
different types of birth control. First, I would assess to see what my teen client prefers; whether it
is oral contraceptives, the patch, injections, IUD or the ring. Next, I would assess the clients
lifestyle and history with contraceptives. If she states that she was on oral contraceptives before
but she could never remember to take them, I would begin to narrow down her options for her.
Since the patch and vaginal ring need to be changed at least every 3 weeks, and the injection

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every 1-3 months, I would recommend a method that is more permanent, such as the IUD.
Usually, IUDs are effective for up to 5 years (Which birth control method is right for me?,
2003). Before finalizing this decision, I would then assess to see if the teen client has any risk
factors for complications associated with hormonal contraceptives. If she poses any risk factors,
the non-hormonal copper IUD may be the perfect choice for this teen client.
All in all, the Waipahu Family Health Center seems to have it all. If they are unable to
provide a specific service, they are more than happy to refer patients out to other clinics and
hospitals. The staff at the Waipahu Family Health Center was very friendly and patient. They
took the time out of their hectic schedule to provide insight about this health center.

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References
Specialty. (n.d.). WCCHC. Retrieved September 24, 2014, from
http://www.wcchc.com/Services/Specialty/Womens-Health
Which birth control method is right for me? [Pamphlet]. (2003) Raritan, NJ: Ortho-McNeil
Pharmaceutical, Inc.