The families and keiki of Molokai can now access the work of Imua Family Services. The organization spread countywide this month, opening an Infant and Child Development Services office at the Molokai Community Health Center. Newborns and children up to three can benefit from the new Care Coordination Services, Speech Language Pathology, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Special Instruction and General Education Training.
“It gives us great joy to know that we are doing everything we can and reaching all areas of Maui County,” said Imua Executive Director Dean Wong. “It is our goal to leave no rock or stone unturned, that every child born in our communities has the opportunities to reach their full potential in life.”
Leading the services will be Program Director Dr. Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo Ed.D, M.Ed, B.A., a Professor of Practice for Argosy University and a UH Maui College Early Childhood Instructor. Assisting him will be Amanda Meatyard, a Molokai local who has 10 years experience as a Program Director Assistant and Care Coordinator (she also has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa). Chelsea Kapuni, a Family Trainer, B.A. holder in Psychology from Chaminade University and graduate of Molokai High School, will also join the team.
Photo (Left to Right): Chelsea Kapuni, Amanda Meatyard, Dean Wong, Bobbie-jo Moniz-Tadeo
Photo courtesy Imua Family Services