In these uncertain times, one of the few bright spots are the many acts of kindness and generosity that have risen out of the crisis. Tomorrow, May 5, is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Hawaii’s generosity was on full display last Friday, as KHON2 and the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition telethon raised $41,700 to put meals into the hands of vulnerable kūpuna. HIPHI is working with some of the groups that have been working tirelessly to help their community in response to the pandemic. If you’re in a position to help others, please consider donating to HIPHI and other organizations working on COVID-19 response, including the Kūpuna Food Security Coalition, at www.hiphi.org/covid19donations.

If you have keiki at home, register for this week’s Public Health Action webinar, “Family First: How to Support Your Keiki Learning from Home and Coping with Stress” with Coleen Momohara from the Executive Office on Early Learning and Danny “Ka‘eo” Goya from Partners in Development Foundation. We also encourage you to watch last week’s webinar with Dr. Sumner La Croix and Dr. Tim Brown, where they discussed their recommendations on reopening Hawaii’s economy.

TAKE ACTION
Parents for Public Schools of Hawai‘i invites all families to complete a confidential survey on “Family Experiences of School Learning during the Pandemic” in order to help strengthen support to students and families.

HI-EMA is conducting a rapid needs assessment for community-based health and social services programming. Findings will help to determine and fill gaps in services and resources. Please assist this effort by completing this short, 5-10 minute survey by Friday May 8th, 5PM.

FEDERAL UPDATES
Is your non-profit organization providing essential and critical services otherwise performed by a government agency during the COVID-19 pandemic? You may qualify for a FEMA public assistance grant, which would allow for partial reimbursement of your costs. Learn more about the eligibility and application process here.

STATE UPDATES
In the next few days, Governor David Ige is planning to issue another emergency proclamation that would allow low-contact retailers to reopen with requirements to minimize contact between employees and customers. Once announced, the official proclamation will be available on the governor’s website.

Counties are also beginning the early phases of reopening. You can view the latest information on each of the counties’ websites:

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION WEBINAR, 5/6

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YOUTH TEXT TO QUIT PROGRAM


Help the HIPHI youth council spread the word about the Truth Initiative’s “This is Quitting” program to help kids quit vaping!

PUBLIC HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK

May is Mental Health Month – a great reminder to take care of not only our physical but also mental health. During these unprecedented times, things are far from normal. Some of us are worrying about finances, juggling childcare and work, or coping with social isolation. Mental Health America of Hawai‘i has helpful resources to get you through these difficult times. You can also watch our Public Health Action webinar with Dr. Mestisa C. Gass, PsyD. from Mental Health America, who shared information about mental health and self-care considerations during a pandemic.

FARM TO SCHOOL EVENTS AND RESOURCES!
Visit and share the new “Farm to School Events and Resources” webpage, hosted by the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, which includes ideas and opportunities for engaging students in home-based gardening and healthy eating activities during school closures, and more! This week, they’re also hosting a webinar on Friday, May 8 at 2:30 PM on Best Practices for Harvesting and Food Sharing. Register for the session at https://bit.ly/SGtalkstory

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION RESOURCES
The Hawai‘i State Department of Health compiled an extensive list of resources in their Physical Activity and Nutrition newsletter – COVID-19 Edition! Find activities for people of all ages, tips for healthy eating, programs in your area, tips for working from home, and more!

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.