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Telehealth and Tobacco Cessation: Shifting Tobacco Cessation Programs in a Pandemic

As the state of Hawaiʻi responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020, medical providers and community health centers shifted from in-person care to telehealth.  In rural communities on Hawaiʻi Island, moving medical appointments and…
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Youth Council Movement Continues to Grow with Virtual Kickoff Event

COVID-19 has changed the way we lead our daily lives and HIPHI and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii’s Youth Council is no exception. After having to cancel Take Down Tobacco, a national day of action last March (formerly Kick Butts…
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Community Spotlight: October is Shaping Up to Be Local Food Promotion Month

With the upcoming Hawaiʻi Island Community Food Summit and with October as National Farm to School Month, October 2020 is shaping up to be the month of local food promotion! On Hawaiʻi Island, there is a group working on local food promotion…
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Public Health Workforce Development: CHWs, Trainings, Internships and Service Projects

At HIPHI we continue to focus on the challenge of this pandemic. One of our efforts has been focused on supporting and developing Hawaii’s public health workforce. Nationally there is a movement towards workforce development and skills-based…
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Alternatives to Criminalizing Youth for Tobacco Use

Schools on Kaua‘i have continued to look at educational alternatives to criminalizing our youth for using any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, while some state lawmakers have wanted to increase penalties on our youth. Studies have…
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Fall 2020 Update from our Executive Director

2020 continues to be a challenging year. It was almost as if the world stopped turning for a moment when we found out that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had lost her battle to cancer. She had an extraordinary career as an advocate…

City eases eligibility requirements for program offering assistance for rent, utilities

In a bid to help struggling Oahu families, the city has eased eligibility restrictions for its Household Hardship Relief Program. Under the new rules, a family asset limit has been eliminated and internet and cell phone bills…

Bike-share program switches gears during pandemic

Big Island residents are taking advantage of free, unlimited bicycle rentals that have been offered during the pandemic. Tina Clothier, interim executive director of Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, or PATH, a West Hawaii-based bicycle…

“Farm to Car” Program Returns to Support Local Farmers

The “Farm to Car” program returns this week to provide O‘ahu residents with affordable fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and other produce from local farmers. The innovative program is a partnership between the City and County of…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 9/21

In just the last two weeks, there have been many changes to Hawaii’s pandemic response. Governor David Ige introduced a new leadership team for the state’s COVID-19 efforts, a date for the pre-travel testing program was announced, guidance…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 9/6

During a pandemic, with so many unknowns, one thing that can ground decision-making is data. For months, the community, media, and lawmakers have called for more data ranging from demographic information to testing turnaround time to where clusters…
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HIPHI COVID-19 Update 8/24

A Message from the Hawaiʻi Public Health Institute: Keep Public Outdoor Spaces Open Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Hawai‘i, and while it is imperative to implement restrictions to stop the spread, restrictions should be evidence-based.…