Aloha Everyone,

Tired of COVID-19? You’re not alone! Many of us are tired and are likely to be suffering from some form of  “COVID-19 fatigue”. The American Medical Association wrote an article earlier this year about this issue with some helpful tips, AMA COVID-19 Fatigue article. It is important that we all continue to also practice self-care during these difficult times.

Throughout the pandemic we have seen the community come together, work together, and now more than ever, we need to continue to navigate this together. The Delta variant has shown us that COVID-19 is ever-changing and continues to challenge us to adjust response efforts. What we do know is that public health practices are studied, tested and proven to be effective during challenging pandemics: wear masks, get vaccinated, practice good hygiene, and social distancing are not new to address community prevention of disease. Our individual behaviors impact our families, friends, and communities.

At HIPHI we will continue to provide resources, conduct outreach and share the latest information on COVID-19 to help our communities remain vigilant and resilient. If you are interested in helping HIPHI at COVID-19 vaccine events, please contact Makamae Namahoe,

HIPHI is gearing up for some of our Fall events! Please save the date for a few of our larger virtual events that are coming up:

  • Annual Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Stakeholders Meeting, October 28, 2021, 9:00 – 12:00, keynote speaker: Dr. Stan Glantz. This year the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi celebrates its 25th anniversary and we thank everyone for their dedication and commitment to ending the tobacco epidemic that has impacted global, national and local health decades.
  • Community Health Worker Association Summit on November 19, 2021 from 9:00 – 12:00. More information can be found in “Reflecting on the National CHW Unity Conference & beyond”.

HIPHI is also recruiting for two leadership positions: Chief Financial Officer and Director of Development. Please see “HIPHI’s team is growing”  for more details on the positions and to meet our new team members. Recruitment closes on September 30, 2021.

I was fortunate to serve as a Guest Editor with Lola Irvin, Hawai‘i State Department of Health, and Dr. Catherine Pirkle as Lead Guest Editor, University of Hawai‘i, Office of Public Health Studies, for a special issue of the Hawai‘i Journal of Health and Social Welfare (HJH&SW) which focused on the challenges of COVID-19, chronic diseases, and health inequities. The special issue features 11 articles and will be out in mid-October. You can find this issue and previous issues of the HJH&SW on the HJH&SW website.

Public health has been at the forefront of the many profound events in 2020 and 2021 that have allowed us to examine how we think about and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our strong values and beliefs in our mission and vision has guided us through this pandemic and forced us to raise the bar to achieving these things. This continues to be a work in progress and there is much left to be done. We hope you continue this journey with us together and we welcome you to get involved and be the change that needs to happen now.

Be well and stay safe,

Jessica Yamauchi




Jessica Yamauchi