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2021 HIPHI Legislative Priorities

2021 HIPHI Legislative Priorities

December 17, 2020

While many of us are hoping for a better year in 2021, the upcoming legislative session is anticipated to be challenging. The state is grappling with a huge budget deficit and lawmakers will be focusing their efforts on balancing the…

CTFH Youth Council Sees Growth And Selects Policy Priority

CTFH Youth Council sees growth and selects policy priority

December 17, 2020

For the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Youth Council, a silver lining in the COVID-19 pandemic was being forced to rethink how we deliver our programs. Over the summer, a youth leadership team was established with representatives from all four…

Policy And Advocacy Training Series: Gearing Up For 2021

Policy and Advocacy Training Series: Gearing Up for 2021

December 17, 2020

At HIPHI, advancing policy is a major part of our organization’s mission and goals. As a result, we host an annual policy and advocacy training to empower new and aspiring advocates with the information and skills needed to make a…

Community Coalition Prepares To Introduce Ordinance

Community Coalition Prepares to Introduce Ordinance

September 29, 2020

If you could stop a teen from being injured in a car crash, beat up or sexually assaulted, would you?  It’s an easy answer: we all would. We care deeply about our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.…

Tobacco Updates  For Summer 2020: New Data, Same Challenges

Tobacco Updates for Summer 2020: New Data, Same Challenges

September 29, 2020

Youth e-cigarette rates are increasing, the link between smoking/e-cigarette use and COVID-19 is becoming clearer, and another state passes legislation prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products. These are some of the prominent stories concerning youth and tobacco prevention as…

Alternatives To Criminalizing Youth For Tobacco Use

Alternatives to Criminalizing Youth for Tobacco Use

September 29, 2020

Schools on Kaua‘i have continued to look at educational alternatives to criminalizing our youth for using any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, while some state lawmakers have wanted to increase penalties on our youth. Studies have shown that laws prohibiting the…

Introducing New Statewide Coalition For Responsible Alcohol Policies

Introducing new statewide coalition for responsible alcohol policies

June 25, 2020

Hawaiʻi’s alcohol policy landscape just welcomed an exciting new player. The Hawaiʻi Alcohol Policy Alliance, HIPHI’s latest emerging coalition, was recently formed and hired a Statewide Coordinator, Chelsea Gonzales, bringing advocacy experience and drive to see changes made. The Policy…

June 2020 Legislative Update

June 2020 legislative update

June 25, 2020

After a two month recess, the Hawai‘i State Legislature reconvened for eight days in May. Their primary goal was to balance the state’s budget and allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds. In addition to the budget matters, the Senate also held…

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