2019 was a year of growth for Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, and 2020 is proving no different. We’re happy to welcome new staff on Oʻahu, and Big Island.

Chelsea Gonzales joined us as our Policy/Youth Council Assistant (Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai’i) in February, and will be transitioning into our Statewide Underage Drinking Coalition Coordinator role beginning April 1.  She recently graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Public Health. She was the President of the Breathe Aloha Club (which provides health education and outreach about tobacco issues and policies on campus/statewide), and worked to designate all 10 UH campuses tobacco-free in 2018. Chelsea’s work with HIPHI focuses on policy change, raising public awareness and assessing the youth cessation landscape in Hawaiʻi.


Jana Ortiz-Misiaszek is our Community Coordinator for the East Hawai‘i Drug-Free Coalition. Jana has extensive background in health education and program implementation with more than fifteen years hands-on experience in prevention programming, community health and coalition building. Determined to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug use in the community, Jana joins HIPHI as the East Hawai‘i Community Coordinator on Hawai‘i Island, focusing on finding solutions through community collaboration. Prior to joining HIPHI, she worked as the Organization Lead for Blue Zones Project Hawai‘i.

Welcome Chelsea and Jana! We look forward to having more boots on the ground and opportunities to broaden the ways in which weʻre able to serve our communities.