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CBO Grantees Gathered At Ko‘olau Ballrooms.

Looking Back at the Successes and Impact of HIPHI’s CBO Grant

On November 29, HIPHI hosted a final meeting to close out the “CBO Grant” and express our gratitude to the Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) who worked tirelessly on COVID-19 outreach from March 2022 to November 2023. Their work demonstrated the importance of empowering CBOs to lead community-driven outreach efforts for our local communities, especially those who are historically underserved and marginalized.

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the systemic issues underlying the health disparities experienced by marginalized and underserved communities. In particular, the disproportionate impact of the virus on Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Filipino communities, and other hard-to-reach populations such as those who are limited-English proficient, kūpuna, and immigrants. The CBO Grant supported 11 CBOs and seven FQHCs to develop and expand their capacity to deliver innovative solutions for COVID-19 outreach and education. The grantees represented diverse communities across six islands and conducted projects covering outreach, vaccination and testing, cultural and traditional health education, health and social services, and media and communications production. HIPHI convened the group regularly and provided support and technical assistance to ensure the success of the projects.

Preliminary data shows that over 3,500 community outreach events were conducted predominantly in areas with moderate to high vulnerability on the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index. These community outreach events implemented culturally responsive strategies, including on-site language for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino communities, in-language materials, and culturally sensitive health promotion. Other services included food distributions, health and social service referrals, and other wellness activities that reflected the needs of communities. The partnerships were diverse, spanning organizations and individuals from State and Federal agencies to local grassroots organizations. These partnerships exemplify the innovative ways CBOs were able to expand their reach and develop relationships to boost their impact beyond their capacities.

Preliminary data of key data points of the CBO Grant.
Preliminary data of key data points of the CBO Grant.

The CBO Grant demonstrates that “hard-to-reach” communities are not hard to reach; they require the leadership of trusted community leaders, many of which are the CBOs who have continued to serve their community for many years. Equitable and effective public health efforts require the full involvement of CBOs.  HIPHI will continue to advocate for the continued support and sustainable funding of CBOs.

Sairel Labasan, MPH

Sairel Labasan, MPH

Program Manager: COVID-19 Projects Liaison
May Rose Dela Cruz, DrPH, MPH

May Rose Dela Cruz, DrPH, MPH

Director of Health Equity & Research
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