A three-year plan to improve Pasifika engagement with health providers is under way, with Te Kupenga Hauora arranging for health checks at the Napier Samoan Church on Sunday.
The Hawke's Bay District Health Board's Pacific Health Development manager, Talalelei Taufale, said some in the Pasifika community were reluctant to visit health professionals, so on Sunday the health professionals visited them.
At the church, there were several stations where people could have different aspects of their health checked.
"The health service is getting to know how to work with the community while the community is getting to know what is out there so they can utilise it better," he said.
"Te Kupenga Hauora have realised this is a great opportunity to better meet the Pacific community and start the conversation on how to improve their health.
"Most Samoans go to church," Mr Taufale said.
"Sunday was a success considering it was cold. We had a good turnout of both men and women. I was pleased with how Te Kupenga Hauora put it together.
"Their staff were very responsive to the congregation. The programme will do well, with the people building good relationships with health providers."