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Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Spring 2024 Updates


We are grateful to our CHWs who have served on our 2022 Leadership Council and thank you for all the work you have put into the Association to help grow the Hawai‘i CHW workforce. Though we say “a hui hou” to our past Leadership Council members, we are ecstatic to introduce our 2024 Leadership Council!

2024 Leadership Council Claudia Hartz, Outgoing Chair Gracie Flores, Chair Cyd Hoffeld, Vice Chair Loren Lindborg, Treasurer Kelli Ann Murakami, Secretary
Island Representatives Cynthia Crabtree, Hawai‘i Island Jovena Moses, Hawai‘i Island Ashley Tone, Maui Maile Holokai, Maui Alisha Moliena Nao, Moloka‘i Denise Ropa, Lāna‘i David Mamae, O‘ahu, Crystal Caday Bargayo, Kaua‘i

Congratulations to our 2024 Leadership Council! We look forward to continuing our growth as an Association and a CHW workforce throughout Hawai’i. To learn more about our Leadership Council, visit


On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, our HICHW Leadership Council attended the 2024 Opening Day to raise awareness about the Hawai‘i CHW workforce. The HICHW Association created a CHW Informational Sheet to help highlight the vital roles that CHWs play throughout our Hawai‘i communities. Elected officials were pleased to hear about the excellent work CHWs continue to do and look forward to supporting the advancement of the CHW workforce. The HICHW Association’s Leadership Council will continue to advocate for the CHW workforce, network and collaborate with our state’s leaders, and follow all bills that may affect CHWs.  Thank you to the CHWs who helped to develop the CHW informational sheet!  


In an effort to highlight the amazing work that Hawai‘i Community Health Workers are doing in our communities, the HICHW Association is now releasing monthly CHW Spotlights! 

Community Health Worker Spotlight: Lia Thorne. Read entire spotlight in our February Newsletter at

We have spotlighted the amazing work and collaboration efforts with CHW Allies to address needs relating to the recent Maui Fires, Ashley Tone. Lia Thorne, another CHW, was also spotlighted and shared her encouraging story on advocating for sustainability as a CHW in Hawai‘i. To read more about the 2024 spotlights, visit

Are you a CHW or know of a CHW doing fantastic work in our communities? Nominate next month’s CHW spotlight by emailing our Association Coordinator, Chauncey Hatico, at


Are you interested in working as a Bilingual Health Aide (BHA)? Hawai‘i Public Health Institute is hiring BHAs and will deploy them to outside organizations to help address COVID-19-related illness and other chronic disease conditions. Organizations we are partnering up with include: 

  • Mauliola Pharmacy on Maui
  • Catholic Charities on O‘ahu
  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

 To become a part of this team, visit

For other CHW-related job openings, visit the page today! 


  • Visit our website to join our upcoming monthly CHW Only Meetings, committee meetings, and more:
  • 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. 

To learn more about how you can support CHWs throughout the state of Hawai‘i, please contact

Chauncey Hatico

Chauncey Hatico

Hawai‘i Community Health Worker Association Program Coordinator
Rosilyn Filemoni, MPH

Rosilyn Filemoni, MPH

Program Manager: Community Health Worker Liaison
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