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Telehealth and Tobacco Cessation: Shifting Tobacco Cessation Programs in a Pandemic

As the state of Hawaiʻi responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020, medical providers and community health centers shifted from in-person care to telehealth.  In rural communities on Hawaiʻi Island, moving medical appointments and…
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Community Spotlight: October is Shaping Up to Be Local Food Promotion Month

With the upcoming Hawaiʻi Island Community Food Summit and with October as National Farm to School Month, October 2020 is shaping up to be the month of local food promotion! On Hawaiʻi Island, there is a group working on local food promotion…
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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…
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North Kohala Food Access calls about more than just food

Statewide, organizations, communities, and individuals have come together in a time of crisis to work cooperatively, think creatively, and lift one another higher than they could go on their own. One sparkling example of a community’s resilience,…

Hawai’i Island-Wide Food Rescue Project Goes Above and Beyond the Kale of Duty

Kōkua Harvest, an island-wide food rescue project on Big Island, works towards eliminating food waste at its source: our farms and gardens. By being invited onto these properties, Kōkua Harvest has the ability to collect surplus produce for…

Hawaiʻi Island Youth Vaping Support Group At Konaweana High

Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Island (TFHI) Coalition members have been educating students, parents, school administrators and faculty, about the harms of Electronic Smoking Devices (ESD’s) for several years. With the tremendous youth use increase…
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HIPHI Welcomes Three New Staff Members

Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute continues to grow and we’ve been lucky to welcome new staff on Oʻahu, Maui and Big Island.   Kirsty Gallaher joins HIPHI as Communications Director. Born in Honolulu, and growing up in South Africa,…
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Community Partner Spotlight: Bay Clinic, Inc.

Since 1983, Bay Clinic, Inc. has served the health care needs of the underserved residents of the Hawai’i County districts of North Hilo, South Hilo, Puna, and Ka’u. Bay Clinic, Inc. is a Federally Qualified Health Center network of eight…
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Bikeshare expands on Big Island to Hilo

Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) is a community-based, grassroots, non-profit, public access advocacy organization serving Hawai‘i County. PATH’s mission is to promote traffic safety education and a safe environment on roadways…
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Partnership and education take on vape epidemic

As the vaping epidemic rages on in Hawai‘i County, the Tobacco-Free Hawai’i Island (TFHI) Coalition uses partnership and education to make important gains with school personnel and students. In partnership with Dr. Forrest Batz, TFHI created…
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Creating safe spaces for active living on Hawai‘i Island

On a misty Monday morning, April 22, 2019, more than 30 partners from the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (DOT), Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works, Mass Transit, Planning, SSFM International (SSFM), Hawai‘i Public…
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West Hawai’i Inspire to Live and Breathe town hall recap

Hawai‘i County youth have the highest rate of e-cigarette use in the state; a rate that is multiple times higher than the national rate. To help reverse this trend, Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Island (TFHI) hosted 34 community members on Wednesday,…