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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 7/12

COVID-19 UPDATE 39 At HIPHI, we take a holistic approach to health. In honor of Plastic Free July, we wanted to put a spotlight on environmental health. The pandemic has caused an increase in single use plastics, and local…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 6/28

COVID-19 UPDATE 38 June is national Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month! Many people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias are vulnerable during the pandemic. Those interested in learning more can find…

Peers helping peers Drop the Vape

Over the past several months, youth on Hawaiʻi Island have influenced their peers to Drop the Vape and educate others about the harmful effect of vaping.  On May 10, 2021, Keaau High School hosted a lunch event, which featured local educator…
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Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi Youth Council leaders question CEO of Altria at annual shareholders meeting

It’s not everyday that you get to pose a question to a CEO, let alone the CEO of Altria, the largest tobacco company in the United States. But that’s exactly what Youth Council members Theresa Ng and Chanel Matsumoto did when they awoke…
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New data on the link between tobacco smoking and severe COVID-19 manifestations

During the first few weeks of March 2020, Colin Finnerty, a 21-year-old lift operator at a popular ski resort in central Idaho came down with a cold. While he had heard about the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the country, he also recalled…

Kauai Returning to the Classroom and Preparing for the 2021-22 School Year

Last year saw dramatic changes to the lives and livelihood of everyone, especially Hawaii’s youth and families. Education went online, sports were cancelled, and for extended periods of time families could not see one another unless they…
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2021 Post-Legislative Session Update

The 2021 Legislative Session ended in late April, and with its conclusion, 265 bills (9.4 percent) were sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. While HIPHI and its coalitions identified several policy priorities at the beginning…

2021 Farm to School Legislative Recap

During the 2021 session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui actively monitored and testified on twelve bills and two resolutions related to farm to school. After multiple committee hearings in both the Senate…

Supporting and Promoting our Community Health Workers

It has been an exciting six months for our Community Health Worker (CHW) network and we look forward to continuing this progress over the summer. CHWs have been instrumental in our state’s vaccination efforts, helping to disseminate COVID-19…
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New staff join HIPHI in Spring 2021

HIPHI welcomed three new staff over the spring, bringing our numbers to 31 and continuing momentum in some important positions.  Amanda Fernandes is the Policy and Advocacy Director at Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute, where she oversees…
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HIPHI’s Internship and Volunteer Program Update – Summer 2021

Public Health Internship and Volunteer Program at HIPHI HIPHI’s Internship and Volunteer Program offers students experiential learning opportunities, the opportunity to practice public health skills, network with coalitions, and work closely…
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The Kūpuna Vaccination Outreach Group helps to get over 91 percent of kūpuna vaccinated against COVID-19

When the COVID-19 vaccine first became available in Hawaiʻi, kūpuna aged 75 and older were one of the first groups eligible for vaccination as part of the state’s plan to minimize risk of severe COVID-19 infection and save as many lives…