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Hawai‘i at the 2024 Annual PHIG Reverse Site Visit in San Diego

It’s a remarkable time to work in public health, as the spotlight continues to shine on its importance. HIPHI is excited to be working with our state Department of Health and partners to improve public health infrastructure by strengthening the workforce, which will lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. 

HIPHI, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, national partners, and many health departments gathered in San Diego, CA, for its annual Public Health Infrastructure Grant (PHIG) Reverse Site Visit. As a first grant of its kind, PHIG is a five-year investment designed to address critical public health workforce and system improvement needs. This Reverse Site Visit attracted over 500 participants nationwide to learn from peers, discuss strategies, and inspire solutions to take back to their communities. This convening aimed to gather experts and partners to help agencies modernize data systems and implement recruitment efforts that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within their jurisdictions and within their agencies.

Community Partnerships and Engagement: Strategies for CHW Integration
Jessica Yamauchi and Makamae Namahoe presenting at the 2024 Annual PHIG Reverse Site Visit.

HIPHI was honored to co-present and facilitate a workshop focused on Community Health Worker (CHW) initiatives with Arnice Yuji, Director of the Bureau of Health Systems Administration from the Republic of Palau’s Ministry of Health and Human Services. In Palau, CHWs are pivotal to the quality of their health care system as access to care and resources is extremely limited. Hawaiʻi experiences similar access challenges in the islands. As one solution to improving health outcomes, HIPHI partners with the Department of Health to recruit, hire, train, and deploy CHWs in local health organizations. This innovative strategy maximizes a CHW’s strengths by delivering compassionate, culturally competent services in their local communities.

After the workshop, attendees walked away with employment solutions and a renewed hope to pursue integrating CHWs into their health system. If you want to learn more about local CHW initiatives and get involved with the Hawaiʻi CHW Association, please visit or email

Makamae Namahoe, MPA

Makamae Namahoe, MPA

Training and Workforce Development Initiatives Program Manager
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