Jessica Yamauchi


I hope you all were able to take some time this summer to enjoy with your family and friends. Most of our staff have tried to take some time off, but it has been a busy time for HIPHI. Since our last newsletter, we have welcomed two new staff members to our HIPHI ‘ohana, Jennifer Valera and Camille Cristobal. Jen hails from the Hamakua-Kohala Health Center and now serves as the Hawai‘i County Coalitions Assistant supporting our Tobacco Prevention and Control and our Healthy Eating + Active Living work, alongside Sally Ancheta.

Camille currently serves as the Public Health Training Hui’s (PHTH) Program Assistant. The PHTH is a well-established program, now under the direction of HIPHI, originally established in 2006 to provide statewide workforce training, coordination, and collaboration to meet identified common public health workforce continuing education, training, and technical assistance needs. HIPHI will continue to work with the PHTH steering committee, which includes the University of Hawai‘i, Office of Public Health Studies, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, and other nonprofit partners to inform the public health workforce about ongoing opportunities for education and training.

As we enter the last quarter of 2018, the residents of Hawai‘i have survived an onslaught of natural disasters. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to those affected and extend our sincerest aloha to the many volunteers, organizations, and partners who helped those who were displaced. We appreciate you all!

Looking forward to the fall, we are pleased to be partnering with the Department of Health and Hawai‘i Community Foundation on the upcoming Electronic Smoking Device (ESD) Conference, taking place on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at the Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery. With the growing prevalence of youth vaping across our state in elementary, middle, and high schools, we felt the urgency to create a conference specifically dedicated to increasing awareness and knowledge and opening up the discussion further on ESDs and their impact on our state.

The conference will feature national speakers Dr. Brian King, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, from Stanford University. In addition, Annie Tegen, Advocacy Director, Western Region, from Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and local experts will be presenting at the conference.

This conference will take the place of our annual CTFH Stakeholders Meeting. We still plan to honor our champions with our Alaka’i Awards and are seeking nominations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Advocate Award
  • Outstanding Community Partner Award
  • Outstanding Media Champion Award
  • Outstanding Business Champion Award
  • ‘A‘a Award
  • Kanalu Award

If you know of a champion or dedicated individual or organization doing amazing work in tobacco prevention and control, please feel free to submit nominations by completing the form here. We will be honoring awardees at the ESD conference on October 30, 2018.

Finally, we urge you to use your voice by casting a ballot in the upcoming General Elections on Tuesday, November 6.  The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9. Let’s turn Hawaii’s low voter turnout around this year with your presence at the polls!

If you have not done so already, please sign up for our regular announcements of future events, especially our Perspectives on Community Health visits to communities across the state.

We thank you for your continued service and commitment to public health in Hawai‘i.

With Warm Aloha,