Introducing HIPHI to the public or NEW allies
For 20 years, we’ve been improving the health of our state by reducing tobacco use. As we continue to work aggressively on that front through our program, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, we will also be going toe-to-toe with another leading cause of preventable death: obesity.
At Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (“HIPHI”), we think of ourselves as a “hub for health”. We know that improving public health requires deep community involvement and trust between agencies and community groups. As a “hub”, we work to build that trust, serving as a convener amongst community leaders and agencies to think up and promote strategies to improve public health and the overall quality of life in Hawai‘i.
Clarifying HIPHI’s role with current allies who know and trust the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i (Coalition)
The Coalition is stronger than ever and will continue to aggressively push for policies that reduce tobacco use. With our expanded team and mission as the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, we’re able to build on the Coalition’s many successes and adapt what we have learned over the last two decades to take on another leading cause of preventable death: obesity.
Same great organization with the same great leadership working to deliver even more public health victories for the people of Hawai‘i.
Introducing yourself when speaking on tobacco-related issue
Hello, I am [your name], [your title] for the Hawai’i Public Health Institute. Through our program, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, we have been working to….
How will HIPHI be tackling obesity?
HIPHI will be promoting proven policies and strategies that: 1) shift consumption away from sugary, processed foods to health-promoting, nutritious foods; 2) minimize the prevalence of sugary drinks in our kids’ lives; and 3) encourage regular physical activity.
What sets HIPHI apart? What makes you special?
We have two decades of history in Hawai‘i and have repeatedly proven that we can build strong alliances to solve problems. We led the campaigns to: 1) pass the state smoke-free indoor air law; 2) make Hawai‘i the first state in the nation to require purchasers of tobacco to be 21 years of age; and 3) limit where electronic smoking devices can be used. We’re also the primary line of defense against annual attacks on funding of Hawaii’s tobacco cessation and youth prevention services. All of this gives us one of the best track records in the nation.
We’re also not doing this alone. In addition to our many partners right here in Hawai‘i, we have relationships with public health institutes across the nation. This enable us to share best practices, test new ideas, and better identify strategies that are most likely to have an impact.
Finally, we deeply believe in community involvement and partnership. We have coordinators throughout the islands who work to keep island-specific issues front and center, and we regularly organize visits to learn from and share ideas with unique and important community organizations.
What is a public health institute?
Public health institutes like HIPHI are independent of city or state government, but often collaborate with government and other organizations to advance strategies that promote health. HIPHI is a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes, a network of 40 public health institutes that serves as a go-to resource for analysis and best practices.