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What Has HIPHI Done In Response To COVID-19?


Early on, HIPHI worked with a group of concerned physicians, healthcare providers, citizens, advocacy groups, and public health professionals urging Governor Ige to take a more proactive approach in protecting Hawaiʻi residents and preventing the spread of COVID-19. On Monday, March 23, Governor Ige took action with a shelter-in-place order.

Read the March 18 letter here (signed by 100+ doctors and public health professionals).

Read the March 23 letter here (signed by 200+ doctors, nurses, public health professionals, and community organizations).

HIPHI has continued to advocate for communities’ health and wellness; during the following stay-at-home orders, for the need for equitable access to open spaces and data-driven decision-making.

Read the September 4 letter here (signed by 200+ organizations and individuals).

We continue to work on addressing remaining gaps in public health and healthcare through the Public Health Action COVID-19 network.


With a worldwide shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the community rallied together to provide face masks to healthcare and frontline workers. However, another group of essential workers, such as those providing social services, had a critical need for PPE that was unmet.

Working with government and community partners, as well as generous donations, HIPHI has distributed over 1,000 cloth face masks and nearly 20,000 surgical face masks since March. In addition, HIPHI helped to coordinate the creation of “Resilience Hubs” on the neighbor islands with the Department of Health’s Behavioral Health & Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group. Learn more about the initiative!

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