Entries by Kirsten Gallaher

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Introducing new statewide coalition for responsible alcohol policies

Hawaiʻi’s alcohol policy landscape just welcomed an exciting new player. The Hawaiʻi Alcohol Policy Alliance, HIPHI’s latest emerging coalition, was recently formed and hired a Statewide Coordinator, Chelsea Gonzales, bringing advocacy experience and drive to see changes made. The Policy Alliance is a volunteer-based organization of members from communities all across the state. This coalition […]

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Oral health kits give keiki another reason to smile

During COVID-19, the oral health community stepped up, with many answering calls for donations of PPE, and volunteering during the crisis. The Hawaiʻi Oral Health Coalition was no exception, with members choosing to care for vulnerable keiki during a time when dental office visits were limited, and providing information on how to seek care and […]

Job Opening: HIPHI Statewide Food Systems Director

Position: HIPHI Statewide Food Systems Director Reports to: Executive Director  Organization Description: Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI) is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that was established in 1996 as the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi to address the high rates of tobacco use in Hawaiʻi. In 2012, the organization moved from a singular focus on tobacco […]

Job Opening: Statewide Oral Health Coalition Manager

Position: Statewide Oral Health Coalition Manager  Reports to: Policy Director and Executive Director  Organization Description: Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI) is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that was established in 1996 as the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi to address the high rates of tobacco use in Hawaiʻi. In 2012, the organization moved from a singular […]

Job Opening: HIPHI Outreach & Engagement Specialist 

Position: HIPHI Outreach & Engagement Specialist  Reports to: Executive Director and Statewide Food Systems Director  Organization Description: Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute (HIPHI) is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that was established in 1996 as the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi to address the high rates of tobacco use in Hawaiʻi. In 2012, the organization moved from […]

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June 2020 legislative update

After a two month recess, the Hawai‘i State Legislature reconvened for eight days in May. Their primary goal was to balance the state’s budget and allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds. In addition to the budget matters, the Senate also held confirmation hearings for people to be appointed to boards and commissions. Through the CARES Act’s […]

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Senior spotlight: Waiakea senior creating a vape-free generation

Tobacco-Free East Hawaiʻi (TFHI) has a long history of mentoring seniors at Waiakea High, primarily from the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Academy.  These seniors are those conducting their “Senior Projects” and require a site or business where they can apply their business/marketing skills. Over the past 10 years, seniors have successfully produced marketing […]

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Update from our Executive Director, Summer 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. The murder of George Floyd, and the fight against systemic racism and police brutality. The long-overdue recognition of racism as a public health epidemic, and the ever-volatile political climate.  We at HIPHI have been asking ourselves, “How can we re-envision and rebuild Hawaiiʻs public health systems to do better for […]

How Long Does the Virus Stay on Surfaces?

Information as of March 30, 2020. Recent data surrounding SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), suggests that the virus can last on surfaces for hours to a number of days. The recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine provides key information about the characteristics of the virus, which has impacted […]

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Update from our Executive Director

Aloha everyone, 2020 has started out more challenging than most of us expected. Most of us can’t keep up with information that continues to come out faster than we can read it. Like you, we are concerned about the risk that COVID-19 presents to our state. Information is rapidly evolving and many health care facilities, […]