Hawai‘i continues to show positive signs, with the number of new COVID-19 continuing to slow and our healthcare system is operating within its capacity. Over the weekend, Governor Ige extended the stay-at-home order until May 31, with the possibility that some restrictions may be lifted as appropriate. As the state works towards reopening, officials must carefully balance public health protections with economic recovery.

Register to learn more about what Hawai‘i must do before it can reopen its economy and what to expect from both community and government as we move forward with the “new normal” at this week’s Public Health Action Webinar. This webinar features Dr. Sumner LaCroix and Dr. Tim Brown, authors of the UHERO reportHow to Control Hawaii’s Coronavirus Epidemic and Bring Back the Economy: The Next Steps. In addition to our Public Health Action webinar, there are several other webinar opportunities this week (more info below) and you can also watch last week’s webinar on domestic violence and all of our previous public health action webinars on our website.

TAKE ACTION
Hawai‘i Green Growth Local2030 Hub invites communities to help identify projects, policies and innovations that can address unemployment and contribute to stabilizing Hawai‘i’s economy, supporting recovery and building resilience. Please complete the survey by May 6.

Sign on to a letter to Governor David Ige offering recommendations to develop a robust public health response capable of managing the COVID-19 epidemic during a phased reopening of the economy by Tuesday, April 28 at 5 PM.

FEDERAL UPDATES
Congress has renewed funding for the Small Business Administration’s Payment Protection Program meant to assist payroll and operation costs for small businesses and nonprofits. Funding for this program will run out quickly, so apply now through your lender if your business is eligible.

STATE UPDATES
Governor David Ige issued a sixth emergency proclamation on April 25, extending the stay-at-home order and 14-day travel quarantine through May 31. As deemed appropriate by the Governor, some restrictions may be lifted. The order still requires people to wear a cloth mask in public, practice social distancing, and stay home except for essential purposes.

Some good news: people are now allowed to walk, jog, and run on beaches, in addition to accessing the ocean for activities such as surfing or swimming. The order still requires people to distance themselves while engaging in these activities, and lounging, sitting, or sunbathing on the beach are still prohibited. Boating, fishing, and hiking restrictions still apply where no more than two people may engage in these activities unless from the same household.

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION WEBINAR, 4/29

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Missed the webinar? Watch it here.

KŪPUNA FOOD SECURITY COALITION

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HIPHI is now fiscal sponsor of the recently formed Kūpuna Food Security Coalition, bridging communities, organizations, and individuals with the collective goal of putting meals into the hands of kūpuna like DorisDonate now to this worthy cause, or call in during the telethon Friday, May 1, on KHON2 (5 – 10 AM and 4 – 8 PM).

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK

While most of us will have to continue staying at home for another month, social distancing does not mean that we need to be socially isolated. Keep in touch with friends virtually using video chat or online games – The Los Angeles Times compiled a list of some options. If you need extra motivation to stay active and eat healthy, you can start an online fitness program with a buddy to keep you accountable (lots of free ones on YouTube!) or share healthy recipes with friends and family to make at home, then have a virtual taste test. Another way to break the boredom? Kaua‘i Mayor Derek Kawakami has been uploading fun videos every night on Instagram.

REMOTE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
HIPHI is looking for students who are doing their applied learning and/or practicum or people who want more experience in the public health field, in areas such as Farm to School, HEAL, and Tobacco to name a few. If you are interested, apply here by May 8, 2020.

TALK STORY: HAWAI‘I SCHOOL GARDEN WEEKLY ONLINE SESSIONS
Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui members are hosting a series of weekly online sessions to support educators and school garden programs during school closures. This week’s session takes place on Wednesday, April 29, 2:30 – 4:00 PM on the topic of “Curricular Resources and Distance Learning During COVID-19.” Register for the sessions at https://bit.ly/SGtalkstory and learn more here!

WEBINAR: TELEDENTISTRY IN THE ERA OF COVID-19 AND BEYOND
The Hawai‘i Oral Health Coalition is hosting a webinar on Friday, May 1 from 12 – 1 PM, featuring Paul Glassman DDS, MA, MBA, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement at California Northstate University. Register now for this free webinar, which will review the increasing interest and use of teledentistry as a way to stay in touch with patients and deliver dental services and how oral health delivery systems might use teledentistry to survive and thrive in a post-COVID-19 world.

WEBINAR: A PRACTICE IN COPING SKILLS: ADDRESSING STRESS AND ANXIETY 
Hawai‘i Public Health Association is hosting a free webinar on Friday, May 1 at 12:30 PM featuring Mestisa C. Gass, PsyD, of Mental Health America of Hawai‘i. This presentation will introduce the need for self-care during this challenging time and guide us through a list of coping skills that are useful in addressing stress and anxiety, in ourselves or for others. Register today!

DO YOU HAVE RESOURCES OR INFORMATION ON COVID-19 TO SHARE?
If you have any resources or updates we should include in our next weekly email or website, feel free to contact us at covidresponse@hiphi.org.