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Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association: Winter Updates

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I want to take this time to acknowledge Pele’s action on Hawai‘i island. Pele, you are keeping CHWs on their toes. You reminded us of the importance of unity. This week I have witnessed the community coming together to care for those who could come in contact with Pele. The shelters opened up on both sides of Hawai‘i island; CHWs shared information on social media. CHWs shared health education on how to take care if you have respiratory issues or for those who might experience difficulty breathing due to the air quality or ash. CHWs quickly shared the message of the shelters opening up and sharing in different languages. I witnessed CHWs coming together to bring water, snacks, bandaids, wipes, and even play a little ukulele. Share a story, share memories of the eruption of Mauna Loa in 1984. Again, by a natural phenomenon, Pele reminds us to unite.

Mahalo to all the CHWs across the islands for keeping Hawai‘i in your thoughts and prayers. Mahalo, Madame Pele, for the beautiful lava flow and the reminder of unity in our communities.

Claudia Hartz, Chair 
Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association


Your Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association Leadership Council has been hard at work this season in keeping the momentum morning forward. A few highlights include expanding their leadership council team by now including island representatives from Maui and Lāna‘i island, to holding two strategic planning sessions on steps to grow the association in the right direction

The Leadership Council would like to extend their gratitude for your help and ideas that were shared at the CHW only meetings to help bring back to these larger planning sessions. Both days were filled with lots of knowledge from amazing CHWs who are driven to support the CHW workforce across the state of Hawai‘i. Information from these sessions will be shared at the next CHW only meeting. To attend the last meeting this year, visit and click on December’s CHW Only meeting information. 


As we say goodbye to 2022 and prepare for the upcoming year, there is a lot to keep an eye out for in the year 2023. Our HICHW Workforce Development team will be launching monthly Lunch and Learns to assist in the development of the CHW profession. 

This specific time slot is allotted for CHWs to receive training and participate in discussion desired by CHWs. Upcoming trainings will include tobacco cessation intervention, asthma, and other training on chronic diseases. In addition, potential topics that are in the works include expanding discussion on built environment efforts and self-care for CHWs. If you are interested in these training opportunities or upcoming discussions, please contact Rosi Handy at to be added to the wait list. 

Also launching in 2023 is the official membership sign up for the association! Current CHWs, CHW students, and Allies are invited to join this membership. Benefits will include access to CHW/Ally specific information and scholarships/opportunities for future HICHW events and projects. 


Check out our website and learn more about ways to get involved.

Join A Committee: Take an active role in the association to share skills, knowledge and expertise by joining a committee: 

  • Advocacy and Policy
  • Hui Ho‘okahua (Aloha Committee)
  • Conference Planning
  • Communications/Marketing
  • Membership/Network/Recruitment/Nominations
  • Workforce Development/Resources

Events: Join our last meeting for the year! Our CHW Only Meetings occur every month on the third Thursdays. Add these meeting details directly to your calendar: 

Get Connected, Stay Connected

  • Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @HawaiiCHWA to stay connected with the association and all CHW happenings throughout Hawai‘i. 
  • Join our listserv to get monthly newsletters and additional resources sent directly to you: Stay Informed
  • To learn more about how you can support CHWs throughout the state of Hawai‘i, please contact Rosi Handy at or (808) 591-6508 ext.11.


To connect with the HICHW Association Leadership Council or to learn more about how you can support CHWs throughout the state of Hawai‘i, please contact Rosi at or (808) 591-6508 ext.11.

Rosilyn Filemoni, MPH

Rosilyn Filemoni, MPH

Program Manager: Community Health Worker Liaison
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