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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,…
Breathe Aloha unveiling at Kapaa High School
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#808NOVAPE Mural Campaign Wraps Up

“Don’t be a follower, be a leader." “Above the clouds.” “Surfing > Vaping.” These are some of the handwritten messages students have left on a wall at Nanakuli High and Intermediate school... not random graffiti authored…
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Inspired to Live and Breathe - Exposing the ESD Epidemic

The Tobacco-Free Hawai`i Island (TFHI) coalition, a program of Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI), hosted 35 community members on Wednesday, August 29, for a first-ever town hall meeting on the state's alarming vaping rates among youth. According…
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Health Champion: West Hawai‘i Community Health Center

The West Hawai‘i Community Health Center (WHCHC) is a vital partner to the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) in Hawai‘i County.  As an active ally for both Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Island (TFHI) coalition and the Hawai‘i Island…
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Job Opening: HIPHI Coalitions Assistant for Hawai‘i County

We are seeking an experienced community-driven individual to assist in the coordination and implementation of public health projects and initiatives at the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) for Hawai‘i County and will be physically…
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Healthy Heroes on the Big Island

The Tobacco-Free Hawai`i Island coalition and the Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) Big Island partners collaborated with two college seniors, Val Balkin and Bianca Bianca Keohokapu, from the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Bachelors of Nursing…
Hawaii County ESD presentation
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Hawai‘i County now has 38 facilitators tackling vaping among youth

The Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i Island (TFHI) Coalition (a recent merger of the East and West Tobacco Free Hawai‘i coalitions) is geared up and ready to tackle the growing Electronic Smoking Devices (ESD) youth epidemic in Hawai‘i County. According…
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ESD use running rampant in East Hawai‘i

The Tobacco-Free East Hawai‘i (TFEH) Coalition has been educating youth about the harmful effects of smoking and second-hand smoke for the past 15 years. Since 2003, we have seen the youth tobacco use rates drop significantly, from 22 percent…
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Hawai‘i Island HEAL Recognizes Diabetes Awareness Month

Hawai‘i Island HEAL Recognizes Diabetes Awareness Month Saturday, November 18, began early for those participating in the PATH/LavaKids Family Fun Run & Walk at the West Hawai’i Civic Center in Kailua Kona. Community organizations…
Pana'ewa Farm Perspectives Field Trip
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Perspectives on Community Health: Our visit to UH Hilo Agricultural Farm in Panaʻewa

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute in East Hawai‘i recently ventured out to the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s agricultural Farm in Panaʻewa. On September 19, fifteen energetic community partners visited Panaʻewa for a personal and hands-on…