Last Updated on April 30, 2022

Hawaii has no known laws or proposed legislation for doulas.

Community Health Worker Legislation

Hawaii has proposed a bill, SB2882, that would establish a “Community Health Worker” (CHW) role require a person to be licensed in order to act as a CHW. A CHW must be associated with community-based organization, local health care system, facility, clinic, or hospital required.

One exception to the CHW licensure is for “certified or credentialed health care practitioners practicing within their own recognized scopes of practice.” A doula is not explicitly included but it is possible that a doula practicing outside of an organization or healthcare facility would fall within this exception even if the services overlap with those of a CHW.

This bill was introduced in January 2022 and deferred in March. It is unclear from the legislative website whether this is a temporary deferral–to a future committee hearing–or indefinite which generally means the bill is dead for this legislative session.

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Last Updated on April 30, 2022