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Maui Coalition seeks direction to address commercial cannabis

Many Americans either have, or will soon have, legal access to cannabis: for medical use or adult or recreational use. Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth (MCDFY) was interested to learn from other states and to examine the potential public health…
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HIPHI's 2020 Policy Priorities

As 2019 comes to a close, we’re looking ahead to the 2020 legislative session. HIPHI’s legislative priorities will tackle some key health issues, including regulation of e-cigarettes to reverse the youth vaping epidemic, promotion of oral…
2020 Hawai'i Policy and Advocacy Training
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Taking the Policy and Advocacy Trainings on the Road!

Policy is a key part of the public health toolkit, and every one of us can influence legislation to make healthier choices the easier choices. HIPHI and partners seek to empower new advocates to participate in the legislative process and create…
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New look, same goal: End the sale of flavored tobacco in Hawaiʻi!

With the headlines filled with deaths and illnesses related to the e-cigarette (or vaping) product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) outbreak, it’s important to remember that the youth vaping epidemic is still spreading unchecked in Hawaiʻi,…
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Two new bills to keep Hawaii's families healthy signed into law

HONOLULU, JULY 3 – Last week, Governor David Ige signed two bills to expand access to healthy food and beverages across the state. Senate Bill 549, now Act 138, ensures that healthier beverages like water, milk, or 100% fruit juice are the…
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2019 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Thursday, May 2, was sine die at the State Legislature, the closing of the 2019 Legislative session. After many committee hearings, discussion, and negotiation, 298 bills passed the legislature and will now go to the Governor to be signed into…

2019 Mid-Session Legislative Update

As we approach the halfway point of the legislative session, we are grateful that all of HIPHI’s legislative priorities are moving. Unfortunately, we only have one bill alive for each priority; all originated in the Senate. We thank all…
HIPHI Team at Opening Day 2019
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Image Blog: HIPHI and partners promote health policy on Opening Day 2019

HIPHI Team at Opening Day 2019Treats for legislators that emphasize the need to remove flavors from tobacco productsFlavored tobacco products on hand to show legislatorsOpening Day 2019Session begins on Opening Day 2019HIPHI w/ Sen. Berene…
2019 Public Health Legislative Agenda
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2019 Policy Agenda available today

We have released our annual Public Health Legislative Agenda to highlight key public health bills expected to be introduced and debated in the state legislature. With at least 3,000 bills typically introduced each year, our annual Public…
2018 Legislative Recap

HIPHI's 2019 policy priorities have been selected

The new year marks the beginning of a new legislative biennium where HIPHI will be championing policies to address the youth vaping epidemic, curb sugary beverage consumption, expand healthy meals to low-income families, and promote oral health…
Candidate Issue Survey

Candidate Survey on public health issues in Hawai‘i

As policy plays a significant role in our work at Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI), we conduct an annual survey of elected officials and candidates that run for office, depending on the year. As 2018 is an election year, we have sent…