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Hawai’i Oral Health Coalition Spring Update

The Hawaiʻi Oral Health Coalition (HOHC) committees continue to meet on a regular basis. Remote capability has been instrumental in ensuring neighbor island voices are at the table. The HOHC once again prioritized reinstating adult dental benefits for Medicaid enrollees. Although there is strong support for this bill, the Legislature is not considering new appropriation […]


Internship & Volunteer Program at Hawai‘i Public Health Institute 2021-2022 

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) offers internship and volunteer positions to a variety of students and professionals: Current students – high school juniors and seniors; bachelor’s and master’s students Recently graduated from high school and university  Majors – public health, nutrition, nursing, public administration, and other related fields; communications Professionals and retirees Our priority is […]


Communications: The Glue to Overcoming the Pandemic Together

It wasn’t until the pandemic arrived that many of us grew to understand how essential communication is in our lives. We use verbal and non-verbal communications to gather information: make educated decisions, connect with others, and express our needs. As we have distanced ourselves from others to stop the spread of COVID-19, we have also […]

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March Against Menthol – Statewide

Hawaii’s youth are taking down tobacco, choosing to face the tobacco industry’s targeting of Hawaii’s communities head-on. On Sunday, March 7, the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Youth Council (a program of the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute), hosted a statewide “March Against Menthol” sign-waving to raise awareness on menthol and gather support for legislation.  “The […]

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Hawai‘i Farm to School Legislation 2021

The Hawai‘i State Legislature continues to show strong support to ensure the expansion and long-term success of Hawaii’s farm to school efforts through the introduction of at least twelve relevant bills and resolutions during the 2021 legislative session. A driving theme of this year’s legislative efforts is to set specific and time-bound targets for local […]


Maui Nui Youth Advocate Leads Maui March Against Menthol

After playing a decisive role in the passage of Maui’s first social host ordinance, Maui Nui Youth Council members continue to advocate for public health issues that affect their community. This time, youth focus is on ending the vaping epidemic and taking down Big Tobacco. Aubrey Ahana, a member of the local Maui Nui Youth […]

The HYFC invites you to We Grow: a Hawaiʻi Youth Food Summit

The Hawaiʻi Youth Food Council (HYFC) hosted by the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, is a group of dedicated youth who work to benefit food systems in Hawaiʻi. Consisting of ten members from across the state, the mission of the HYFC is to engage youth in policy and systems change efforts that result in a […]


Public Health Training Hui – Spring Trainings

The Hawai‘i Public Health Training Hui (Hui) is excited to jump into a new year, featuring some new trainers while welcoming back some old colleagues and friends. We started our 2021 trainings with, “Hawaii’s Prevention Response to the Dangerous Mix of Alcohol and COVID-19” hosted by HIPHI’s own Rick Collins, CPS, and Director of the […]