Summer 2021 was a historic period for Hawaiʻi as we battled our largest surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Throughout this pandemic, we have seen Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Data also shows that some populations and communities have much lower vaccination rates than our state average. To help address the disparities we have seen, HIPHI is working to increase vaccine equity and has received funding from Health Resources and Services Administration through the Public Health Institute (CA). HIPHI is partnering with local organizations, Project Vision Hawaiʻi and Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association Inc. to increase equitable a

ccess of COVID-19 education and vaccinations in low-vaccinated communities across Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island. Since August, HIPHI staff and partners have been working diligently to spread awareness of the vaccine, debunk misinformation and strengthen trust in modern medicine through culturally appropriate educational materials, flyers, one-on-one conversations, and door-to-door canvassing. We are grateful for this opportunity because of the hard work from our new staff members – Rebecka Adolpho, Jessica Cabusog, and Justina Clanton. All three coordinators graduated with their Masters of Public Health from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and have a deep passion for public health. 

Our partner Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association Inc. has heard the call to action and been working tirelessly to ensure the residents of Kaʻū are informed and educated about the benefits of getting tested and protection against COVID-19. Please check out this Youtube video of their amazing outreach event that took place on Saturday, September 11 in Pahala! 

Events are happening until late November and we hope you are inspired to join us at a pop-up clinic or outreach canvassing site! We have openings for temporary community outreach workers interested in full-time or part-time employment as well as stipends for volunteers. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Makamae Namahoe at makamae@hiphi.org. To learn more about events nearby, please visit hiphi.org/covid19.