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Walking audits across the state present opportunities for improvement

The American Planning Association Hawai‘i chapter, Hawai’i Public Health Institute, and the Hawai’i Department of Health teamed up to bring Mark Fenton, a national expert in built environment, to work with county planners and engineers…
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HIPHI Statement on U.S. Senate’s Heartless Health Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 26, 2017 U.S. Senate’s Heartless “Health” Bill is a Recipe for Public Health Disaster Senate Republicans would leave many children, seniors and people with disabilities without medical care Statement by…
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Legislative Session Recap from the Policy Director

We are pleased to share our first 2017 Legislative Recap – an analysis and report of health bills from the 2017 Legislative Session. This document will help advocates and other Hawai‘i residents understand the major health issues that lawmakers…
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Update from the Executive Director

Aloha, We are nearly halfway through the year and 2017 has kept us on our toes! Our state legislative session ended in early May with political shake-ups and funding for the rail unresolved. At the Federal level, Congress rushed through the…
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Keeping cig butts out of Kailua Bay & West Hawai‘i Landfill

Cigarette butts, made of non-biodegradable plastic,  are the number one littered item in the world. Thankfully, volunteers of the West Hawai‘i Tobacco-Free Partnership, Surfriders Kona Kai Ea, Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund and Keep Puako Beautiful…
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HIPHI builds bridges to communities with new staff position

The change from spring to summer also brings a shift in roles here at the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI). Stephanie Moir will be transitioning out of her current role as Tobacco Free Kaua’i Coordinator into a new Statewide Community…
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HIPHI participates in Safe Routes to Schools & School Wellness Workshops

The Hawai‘i County Healthy Eating + Active Living (HEAL) team on the east side of Hawai‘i County, participated in two dynamic workshops this past spring. In Spring 2017, the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation and People's Advocacy…
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HIPHI Statement on House Health Care Bill

House Health Care Bill Benefits Wealthy at the Cost of Most Vulnerable   Statement of Jessica Yamauchi, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute   Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to throw more than…
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Maui Nui Youth Council Leadership, Youth Advocacy Retreat

Saturday, April 22nd, was a full day. It was Earth Day... and the three-year anniversary of the County of Maui Tobacco-Free Beaches and Parks Law... and the kick-off for the Maui Nui Youth Council (MNYC), which came together for the first…
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More than 70 youth advocates participate in Kick Butts Day 2017

Today’s Kick Butts Day event at the State Capitol drew more than 70 young advocates from across the state to urge the legislature to pass Senate Bill 261, which would prohibit smoking or vaping in vehicles when a minor is present. Organized…
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Legislative Update from the Policy Director

We are over halfway through the legislative session and a lot has happened since Opening Day! We thank you for your continued support -- your advocacy efforts are critical in keeping our issues moving through the legislature. Here is an update…

Hawai‘i County HEAL Partnering with the Hawai‘i Island Food Alliance

The Hawai‘i Island Food Alliance (HIFA),  first convened in January 2016 by the Blue Zones Project® Hawai‘i Island,  is a partnership representing 20 organizations from diverse backgrounds. HIFA committees focus on the islands unique…