As HIPHI moved into the new territory of navigating our way through a pandemic, we knew we had the responsibility of being a resource to our community. To reach and support our broad audience, we decided to host weekly webinars to provide updates on a variety of topics to help ourselves and communities understand the rapid changes. 

We opened our webinar series with Lieutenant Governor Dr. Josh Green and were overwhelmed with the response. Almost 1,000 people tuned in to learn about social distancing and sheltering in place. Sharing the, “View from the Front Line,” showed us the many faces of those helping to fight this virus including a local emergency room physician, a nurse and a community health worker. As our network grew, so did our partnerships. The importance of serving as a platform for our partners to share their resources and information was vital during this time. We learned about the higher rates of COVID-19 seen in Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations and underlying determinants, and partnered with economists from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the East-West Center to learn how to prepare locally so we could be ready to open up Hawaiʻi’s economy. Included in that preparedness is contact tracing. Another recent webinar featured Dr. Aimee Grace and Dr. Sarah Park who shared about its importance and provided information on the joint program to train contact tracers statewide. All of these and more webinars can be viewed on the HIPHI COVID-19 page or PHTH’s YouTube Channel, and between live attendees and online views, our first 11 webinars have been viewed over 10,000 times. We hope to see you on a future webinar on our new bi-weekly schedule! 

As we make the transition into opening our islands and economy, please know that we will continue to bring you the latest news. If you are interested in joining our bi-weekly email list, please visit https://act.hiphi.org/sign-up/. To stay up to date with our upcoming trainings and webinars, please email Steph Moir at stephanie@hiphi.org to join the Hawaiʻi Public Health Training Hui’s (PHTH) listserv.

Most recent COVID-19 webinars, all of which are available at hiphi.org/covid19.