Wow, where has 2018 gone!? It has been a busy, fulfilling year for HIPHI and we have all of you to thank. In 2018, we held our first statewide e-cigarette conference, engaged with Community Health Workers across the state, helped to write a statewide oral health strategic plan, held a healthy beverage summit, conducted a policy and advocacy training, launched an e-cigarette counter-marketing campaign, planned 10 Perspectives on Community Health trips, educated more than 1,500 students on the harms of e-cigarettes, and continued to convene our stakeholders throughout the year. Of course, we did not do any of these activities and events alone. Our partners and advocates help to make all of our work possible. Thank you all for your help and support in our work!
HIPHI is also fortunate to welcome the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth (MCDFY) under our fiscal umbrella. MCDFY, which has been fighting for and engaging youth on Maui since 2013, is a local community coalition of partner organizations and individuals committed to reducing underage alcohol use and youth substance use in Maui County. We welcome Rick Collins and Ashlee Chapman to our team.
HIPHI has been working hard at making valuable training opportunities and events available to the people of Hawai‘i. Recently, HIPHI formally welcomed the Hawai‘i Public Health Training Hui (PHTH) to our ‘ohana and, through the hui, we will continue to support the public health field and expand access to valuable training across the state. The PHTH is a member of the Western Region Public Health Training Center and receives HRSA funding for public health training. In addition, the PHTH has a local steering committee and receives local support from the Hawai‘i State Department of Health and partners like Papa Ola Lokahi.
HIPHI is also excited to partner with the Hawai‘i Immunization Coalition in hosting the 13th National Immunization Conference slated for November 13, 14 and 15 in 2019. Save the date! Registration will open in early 2019. For more information please visit 2019ncicp.org.
As the year comes to a close, we would also like to thank two of our long-time board members who will be leaving our HIPHI board at the end of the year: Clifford Chang, Pacific Islands Primary Care Association, and Kent Kasaoka, CPA, AATS, LLC. We have been so honored to work side-by-side with these two very committed individuals over their many years of service. It’s passionate partners and volunteers like these who are HIPHI’s greatest assets.
As you can see, HIPHI’s work continues to grow thanks to your continued support. As we head into 2019, please consider making an end-of-year tax-deductible contribution. Every dollar counts and stays right here in Hawai‘i.
On behalf of our staff and board, we thank you for your continued support and wish you and your family a very safe, healthy, and happy holidays!
Mahalo Nui Loa,