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 training as a recovery strategy to create major systems changes.  Locally, organizations are starting to look internally at gaps, needs, and opportunities for improving workforce effectiveness. At HIPHI we are supporting medical and public health professionals through the Public Health Training Hui providing CME’s in RD, Nursing, CHES, Social Work, and CSAC.  We also continue to support Community Health Workers (CHW) and provide statewide training for CHWs on relevant topics and issues. HIPHI has really expanded its internship and volunteership program helping students and early career professionals get a leg up, and develop skills supporting professional and personal development. We support the Americorps program through AUW: either early career development or those looking to make career shifts from other industries and support high-school students interested in public health careers through our Tobacco-Free Youth Council, Hawaiʻi Youth Food Council, and the Maui Nui Youth Council. HIPHI continues to work with our coalitions, stakeholders, and partners on strategies to rethink workforce development  in Hawaiʻi.

Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are frontline workers who are trusted members of their communities. CHWs have played a vital role during this pandemic, ensuring that communities remained informed and connected to social services. HIPHI is an ally organization, assisting with facilitation of meetings, trainings and other workforce development activities. It has been an honor to work alongside many CHWs over the past few years and to watch them grow and evolve with the changing times. HIPHI along with other ally organizations, are supporting the CHWs as they work towards establishing the first CHW association in Hawai‘i. If you are a CHW and would like to join the movement, please email Steph Moir at to join the listserv. 

 2020 Internships

Each year HIPHI welcomes talented students to our internship program, which has continued to grow in scope and attendance. In 2020 we have already hosted 25 interns, working on various projects from community assessments, youth engagement, policy briefs, to coalition building to tackle food insecurity, to name a few. We appreciate each and every intern for their hard work and the passion they put into advocacy and programs to benefit our communities.

We are excited to welcome our Fall interns: Rojelle Bohol (UH Manoa), Lauren Simpson-Gomez (UH Manoa) and Rynda Lee (University of Nevada- Reno), Violet Moon (UH Manoa) and Ellen Thompson (George Washington University), Kassandra Pascual (San Diego State University), and Treysen Ishimoto (UH Manoa).

We extend our sincere thanks to our Spring and Summer 2020 interns for their hard work: Ashley Choo and Jordan Nakano (Youth Council), Rachel Wallace (Hawaiʻi Oral Health Coalition), Tiah Davidson and Wendy Ji (Hawaiʻi Farm to School Hui), Ashley Guarascio, Andy Ku, Katie Louk, Amian Maniar, and James Son (Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaiʻi), Spencer Davis (Policy/Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth), Emily Turner and Tiffany Walter (Healthy Eating + Active Living – Maui), Jordyn Nicolas (Healthy Eating + Active Living – Hawai‘i Island), Megan Bohan and Ikumi Moore (Hawaiʻi Farm to School Hui), and Kayla Carlisle (Policy).

Please visit our 2020-2021 Internship and Volunteer Program page to learn more about our internship programs and apply!