Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) takes next steps. In 2014, HIPHI started building bridges with groups and task forces working to address obesity, resulting in our executive director, Jessica Yamauchi, being elected Vice Chair to the Obesity Prevention Task Force. As part of our new portfolio of work, HIPHI started educating legislators about the benefits of a sugar-sweetened beverage fee and supported legislation during the session. HIPHI was also granted provisional membership to the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and was asked to serve on their annual conference planning committee.
Breathe freely in public housing. The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i worked with partners to successfully pass legislation that prohibits smoking in public housing across the state.
Big Island tackles vaping and implements Age 21 law. Hawai‘i County becomes the first in the state to prohibit e-cigarette use anywhere smoking is prohibited within the county. The Big Island also implemented a new law passed in 2013, which requires purchasers of tobacco and ESD products to be at least 21 years of age.
HIPHI launches Perspectives on Community Health. Recognizing a disconnect that occasionally occurs between public health organizations and the communities they serve, HIPHI developed the Perspectives on Community Health program. These field trips allow people working on public health issues to step out of regular routines and join peers on visits to unique and important organizations to learn about their work and their approach to community health. In 2014, we held Perspectives trips on Maui, Kaua‘i, Oahu and the Big Island. (Learn more here.)
HIPHI invests in public health trainings. In 2014, HIPHI and its program, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, offered both advocacy training and community organizing training via the “Leading Change Network”. More than 100 public health professionals were trained in 2014 through HIPHI trainings.